Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Earth Science News .




SHAKE AND BLOW
Colorado floods leave 500 unaccounted for
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles (AFP) Sept 15, 2013


Flash floods kill nine in Romania, thousands evacuated
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 15, 2013 - Flash floods have killed nine people and forced thousands to flee their homes in eastern Romania in the last four days, the authorities said Sunday.

Eugen Chirita, an emergency services spokesman for the Galati region, said: "The toll since Thursday is nine dead, 6,900 evacuated and 1,735 homes flooded."

Torrential downpours caused the water level to rise rapidly on Thursday. Among those who died was an eight-year-old girl swept away from her father's arms.

Rain continued to fall Sunday morning causing further damage to buildings, and the flooding of 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of farmland.

Authorities say the floodwaters are now subsiding.

The water-soaked US state of Colorado saw more rainfall Sunday that threatened to slow the search for the 500 people unaccounted for after several days of massive flooding.

Among the hundreds missing, officials suggested many may simply not be able to call loved ones because of damage to cell phone towers or power outages.

"But we're still bracing," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said.

"There are many, many homes that have been destroyed. A number have been collapsed and we haven't been in them yet," he told CNN.

Some 500 people are unaccounted for, Hickenlooper added.

In addition, thousands have been evacuated after torrential downpours washed away roads and inundated communities, claiming at least six lives.

Rain began pelting the western state earlier this week, with Boulder especially hard hit, seeing 7.2 inches (18.3 centimeters) of precipitation in about 15 hours starting Wednesday night.

And with more downpours affecting already flood-ravaged areas, the situation could get even worse, Hickenlooper warned.

It was raining in Boulder, a university town, by early afternoon and a flash flood warning was in effect, The Weather Channel predicted. The same was true for Denver, it said.

With the ground already saturated, "that's going to just really magnify the problems we've had so far," Hickenlooper said in reference to Boulder County.

"We're still trying to evacuate people," he added, noting that almost 2,000 residents had been moved out of Boulder alone.

Liz Donaghey, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, said poor visibility had grounded several US National Guard helicopters deployed to the area to help people get out of danger.

"At this point it is a big concern with the weather," she told CNN in a separate interview.

On Saturday, hail the size of peas or even marbles pummeled parts of the city of Aurora, according to local weather reports. A series of thunderstorms also struck the area.

Raging floodwaters, already presumed to have killed at least five people, apparently claimed the life of a sixth.

The latest apparent victim is an 80-year-old woman who was injured and couldn't get out of her home, the Denver Post quoted John Schulz, spokesman for the Larimer County sheriff's department, as saying.

"There might be further loss of life," Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle told reporters earlier. "It's certainly a high probability ... We're hoping to reach everyone as soon as possible."

But some additional help was on the way, with President Barack Obama declaring a major disaster in Colorado and ordering federal aid to support state and local efforts.

"Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," the White House said.

Hickenlooper welcomed the assistance, saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency "has been terrific."

The Wyoming National Guard was helping the evacuation effort after Governor Matt Mead activated five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and 20 crew members, the state's military department said.

Some 1,200 residents were pulled out of the Pinewood Springs area by the National Guard and Fort Carson personnel, state authorities said on Twitter.

But many others were still awaiting rescue, which authorities said could take days for some.

Officials said there were widespread power outages as streets became raging rivers after the state received months' worth of rain in just a few days.

Pictures from helicopter cameras showed heavy rain had reduced the towns of Jamestown, Lyons and Longmont to little more than islands, with ready-to-eat meals being dropped to stranded, anxious residents below.

Residents' furry friends were also stranded by the torrential rains.

"Our victims' advocates told me tonight there were almost as many pets as people getting off the evacuation helicopters today," the Larimer County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway called the widespread flooding an "epic event."

"It is a once in 500 years or 1,000 years situation," he told the Denver Post.

Hickenlooper concurred. "This is a heck of a storm," he said.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SHAKE AND BLOW
Lourdes closed, 200 evacuated after flash floods
Toulouse, France (AFP) June 18, 2013
French authorities Tuesday shut the grotto at Lourdes and evacuated about 200 people following flash floods at the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site. The preventive measure came a day after heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall in the area led to rivers flowing well above their normal levels, even cutting off some roads. "The Sanctuaries are closed," the local prefecture of the Haute-Garonne a ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Japan to boost surveys off Fukushima: report

Iranian telegraph operator, first to propose earthquake early warning system

Workshop report explores use of mass collaboration in disaster management

New technique to assess cost issues from major flood damage

SHAKE AND BLOW
Butterfly wings inspire new technologies: from fabrics and cosmetics to sensors

Calculating the carbon footprint of California's products

First laser-like X-ray light from a solid

Space's 'Ferrari' set to fall to Earth

SHAKE AND BLOW
Mythical sea creature joins bid to ban bottom trawling

Rainfall in South Pacific Was More Variable Before 20th Century

Libya's beleaguered government faces water threat

Hong Kong bans shark fin at official banquets

SHAKE AND BLOW
Gas flaring and household stoves speed Arctic thaw

Russia to restore Soviet-era naval base in Arctic: Putin

Canada builds up arctic maritime surveillance

Arctic ice shrinking in volume, too: ESA

SHAKE AND BLOW
Australian tarantula venom contains novel insecticide against agricultural pests

UCSB researcher explores relationship between landscape simplification and insecticide use

French milk firm to investigate China corruption claim

Almost 20 percent of grain in China lost or wasted from field to fork

SHAKE AND BLOW
Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea

Death toll from Colorado floods rises to seven

Rare twin storms batter Mexico, 34 dead

Thousands flee as volcano erupts on Indonesia's Sumatra

SHAKE AND BLOW
Three Ivorian police killed in attacks

Uganda suspends 24 officers over Somalia corruption

Mali ministers met by hail of stones in Tuareg stronghold

Summit in Colombia promotes cooperation in African diaspora

SHAKE AND BLOW
Findings in Middle East suggest early human routes into Europe

Paleorivers across Sahara may have supported ancient human migration routes

Orangutans plan their future route and communicate it to others

New evidence that orangutans and gorillas can match images based on biological categories




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement