Latest Disaster planning and response News

The Latest: PG&E told to explain why it shouldn’t be fined

Nov. 13, 2019 4:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a state investigation into power shutdowns in California (all times local): 1:20 p.m. California’s top utility regulator is ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to show why it should not be fined for violations related to its power shutdowns in October. The...

Tennessee creating strike team for prescribed forest burns

Nov. 13, 2019 4:27 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forestry officials in Tennessee say a strike team is being created to perform prescribed burning on public and private forest land in the Cumberland Plateau. Tennessee Division of Forestry officials said Tuesday that a $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation...

MacKinnon leads Avalanche to 4-0 win at Winnipeg

Nov. 13, 2019 12:28 AM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Adam Werner had no time to think about his hockey dream coming true. Werner made 40 saves in his unexpected NHL debut and Nathan MacKinnon finished with two goals and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-0 victory over the...

New Mexico tribe to get more federal disaster help

Nov. 11, 2019 10:48 PM EST

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say a New Mexico tribe will see an increase in federal disaster aid as it continues to recover from flooding that occurred several years ago. A significant portion of Santa Clara Pueblo's watershed was wiped out by wildfire in 2011 and the flooding that...

$10M to build houses at Louisiana National Guard post

Nov. 11, 2019 3:55 PM EST

CAMP BEAUREGARD, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor says $10 million in hurricane recovery money will build about 50 houses for Louisiana National Guard members at a post in central Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news release Monday that the houses will replace mobile homes originally brought in...

Cyclone kills at least 14 in India, Bangladesh

Nov. 10, 2019 7:52 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh on Sunday, killing several people in both countries after more than 2 million moved to shelters across Bangladesh's vast coastal region, officials and news reports said. Cyclone Bulbul left at least seven people dead in...

New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

Nov. 10, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center,...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region. Packing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), Cyclone...

Threatened by fire, town celebrates Halloween a week later

Nov. 9, 2019 7:14 PM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — A town in California's wine country finally celebrated Halloween after evacuations from a huge wildfire forced residents to postpone trick-or-treating for a week. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports hundreds of residents came to Healdsburg's main square Friday afternoon where...

Oil spill money for bird rookery off Louisiana coast

Nov. 9, 2019 9:33 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly $10 million in 2010 oil spill money is rebuilding a barrier island bird rookery off Louisiana. Work on Queen Bess Island had to wait for this year's nesting season to end in August and must finish by late February or early March, before the next nesting season. Queen Bess Island...