Monthly archives: April 2008

Apr

22
2008

State of Emergency declared after further flooding in California

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-4.5.08- Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a new state of emergency for California, after the wettest March on record and further storms forecast. Seven northern and central Californian valleys have been issued the warning, as reservoirs are at full capacity, with at least ten more days of rain predicted. People and property are in immediate danger, with emergency repairs on levees being carried out over the last few days. Work on the levees is normally carried out the summer, when the water levels are at their lowest, but it was feared that further rain could weak them to the point of failure, so advantage was taken of a lull in the storms over the weekend. Some breaks in the levees had already occurred, with roads being washed out and hundreds of resident forced to flee their homes. A major breech on Friday lead to the flooding of 35 acres of farm land in Jenny Lind. Read more


Apr

22
2008

Governor Perdue Declares State Of Emergency In Water Crisis

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CUMMING, Ga. (AP) -10.20.07- With water supplies rapidly shrinking during a drought of historic proportions, -Governor Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency Saturday for the northern third of Georgia and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area.Georgia officials warn that Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre reservoir that supplies more than 3 million residents with water, is less than three months from depletion. Smaller reservoirs are dropping even lower. Read more


Apr

22
2008

http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48745468_mississippi-governor-barbour-declares-state-emerge

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April 7, 2008 — JACKSON, Mississippi – Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour today declared a State of Emergency for 12 Mississippi counties following a severe weather system and tornadoes which hit parts of Central Mississippi, including the Jackson Metro area. The Governor announced the State of Emergency while touring neighborhoods in Northeast Jackson, which were among the hardest-hit areas from Friday�s storm and tornadoes. Read more


Apr

22
2008

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard activated two of its Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) after a request for assistance was received from the State of Missouri.

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ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard activated two of its Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) after a request for assistance was received from the State of Missouri. At approximately 12 p.m. yesterday, the Missouri�s State Emergency Management Agency contacted the Coast Guard and requested assistance. As of 4:30 a.m. this morning, two DARTs have been deployed to southeast Missouri in the vicinity Sikeston. In addition to the DARTs, two Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopters have been mobilized for state and local support. Read more


Apr

22
2008

Kenya: Flood Victims to Be Moved

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The Government will move flood victims in Rachuonyo to higher grounds as heavy rains continue to pound the district. Local DC, Mr Benjamin Gachichio, said the local disaster committee was assessing the situation. He told The Standard that the committee had identified safer grounds where the victims would be temporarily settled and essential requirements provided. “A site has been earmarked for temporary occupation. There are teams assessing the situation, while my office is co-ordinating with Nairobi for supplies,” he said on the telephone. Read more


Apr

22
2008

Thousands flee floods in Brazil

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-4.5.2008- Flooding in north-eastern Brazil has killed at least 15 people and driven tens of thousands from their homes, civil defence officials have said. The victims drowned when the River Paraiba burst its banks and the walls of a medium-sized dam cracked in the normally arid state of Paraiba. The flood waters, caused by torrential rains, have also destroyed corn and bean crops, and washed away roads. Brazil’s government has released around $360m (ᆪ180m) to help those affected. Read more


Apr

22
2008

Brazil flood (Paraiba State) Planning, April 2008

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BRASILIA, April 9, 2008 (From AFP) – At least 33 people have died in two weeks of flooding in northeast Brazil, and more than 77,000 people have been homeless, with officials warning Wednesday that the heavy rain would continue. The state of Paraiba was the worst-hit, according to the national Civil Defense service. Twenty-six of the fatalities occurred there, and 76 towns are under water. The region is usually parched for much of the year, and thus largely unprepared for sudden heavy rains. Authorities say the weather was moving inland and have issued an alert for for the central states of Goias and the federal state containing the capital Brasilia. Intense rains, lightning strikes and winds of up to 50 kilometres an hour were expected into Friday, Civil Defense officials said in a bulletin. An emergency situation has been declared in the worst-affected states and the government was providing 280 million dollars in aid. Read more


Apr

22
2008

Pictures: Kansas tornado destroys machinery dealer’s combines

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-5.16.07- For most items of farm machinery, it’s old age and worn metal that prompts their eventual demise. But if you’re a farmer or machinery dealer in Kansas, USA, the regular tornadoes are a pretty big hazard too. John Beardmore, an expatriate Brit who helps run the Ohio State University student farm placement scheme, said the tornado in Kansas the week before last tore across the countryside in a one-and-a-half-mile-wide swath of destruction with winds of 205mph. Read more


Apr

22
2008

Strong storms, tornadoes hit Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma

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BENTON, Ark. -4.10.08- A band of hail, heavy rain and twisters pounded Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, damaging hundreds of homes, flooding roads and leaving thousands without power. The worst wasn’t over for Arkansas, which braced Thursday for another hit. Some residents in the small north Arkansas town of Leslie were being evacuated because of flooding and the threat of mudslides. Workers were sandbagging in places to keep flood waters at bay. Roads were flooded and people were being told to stay home. Read more


Apr

22
2008

The NWS Tornado (April 3-4, 2008)

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-4.3.08- Ever been in a tornado before? A lot of people have said that a tornado sounds much like an approaching freight train. True, it does. That was verified during on April 3, 2008 around 10:10 pm…when a tornado narrowly missed the National Weather Service (NWS) building to the southeast. Read more