Flooding

June 13, 2015--Vallecito release has homeowners on edge (Durango Herald)

Hydrologists opened the spigots Friday on Vallecito Reservoir, releasing more water than typically considered safe to keep up with recent rainstorms. Emergency workers monitored high-water conditions on several streams and rivers throughout La Plata County.


June 12, 2015--Our river has runneth over (Durango Herald)

Emergency management scrambled Thursday to prepare communities downstream from Vallecito Reservoir for more flooding as a succession of unseasonably severe storms battered Southwest Colorado, causing the already-turgid Animas River to swell – in some places – dangerously above its banks. All day Thursday, the effects of two storms, and ensuing flooding, wracked communities alon


June 11, 2015--Flood warning issued for Durango (Durango Herald)

An isolated storm delivered a mixture of rain, hail and lighting shortly after noon on Thursday, briefly knocking out power in some places and contributing to the swell of the Animas River. A flash-flood warning was issued for the Durango area until 3:30 p.m.


May 28, 2015--Extreme rainfall becoming more common, new analysis finds (Huff Post)

As floodwaters ravage Texas and Oklahoma, a new analysis finds that heavy downpours have increased dramatically since 1950. And scientists project that precipitation patterns will become increasingly erratic as the climate changes. The Northeast had a 31 percent increase in heavy downpours between the 1950 to 1959 period and the 2005 to 2014 period.


April 12, 2015--Millions facing higher premium rates for flood insurance (New York Times)

Millions of Americans including many whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are paying double-digit increases in flood insurance premiums. Those living with mortgages in high-risk flood regions are paying 18 percent increases under new legislation that went into effect this month. That includes some of the communities that experienced Sandy's wrath in 2012.


March 10, 2015--Calculating the cost of river floods in an age of climate change (CityLab)

Last September, India and Pakistan experienced devastating floods made deadlier because of shoddy urban planning and sluggish disaster management. About 600 people died, roughly 300 on either side of the border, as the river Jhelum flooded.


March 9, 2015--A relentless climate movement is starting to win big (Guardian)

The official view: all eyes are on Paris, where negotiators will meet in December for a climate conference that will be described as “the most important diplomatic gathering ever” and “a last chance for humanity.” Heads of state will jet in, tense closed-door meetings will be held, newspapers will report that negotiations are near a breaking point, and at the last m


February 10, 2015--GOP challenges Obama over flood risks from climate change (State)

Underscoring the political challenges President Barack Obama faces as he presses ahead to combat climate change, eight Republican senators are contesting the legality of his Jan. 30 directive toughening floodplain standards for new federal projects. In a letter to Obama last week that was coordinated by Mississippi Sen.


February 3, 2015--World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head (Reuters)

Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists warned on Tuesday. The latest report from the U.N.


February 2, 2015--White House budget: Agriculture funding targets climate change impact (Washington Post)

The Agriculture Department would lose roughly $300 million this year under the president’s spending plan, receiving $23.5 billion in discretionary funding.


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