Latest Floods News

Teenager dies when electrocuted during Florida storm

Apr. 11, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl died Sunday during a strong storm that swept through central Florida, damaging homes and businesses. The woman was driving in Spring Hill, north of Tampa, when her car struck a downed power line, the Florida Highway Patrol...

Church official warns of financial flood due to abuse claims

Apr. 10, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top official with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe says a financial flood from clergy sex abuse claims is coming and a settlement would serve as the dam to prevent devastation to parishes across northern New Mexico. A letter from the Rev. Glennon...

Tunnel collapse nearly led to Mexico City drain explosion

Apr. 09, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said the collapse of a clandestine tunnel dug to steal gasoline from a government pipeline probably triggered a chain of events that nearly blew up one of the few outlets for moving water out of the closed and flood-prone Mexico City valley. ...

New Orleans streets flood; more storms expected across South

Apr. 08, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

Torrential rains flooded several New Orleans streets in a storm system that spawned a tornado in north Louisiana, toppling trees and damaging homes. The twister hit northern Morehouse Parish about 7:41 p.m. Wednesday near the community of Galion, about 9 miles (14.4...

Legislation to fight sea level rise goes to Florida governor

Apr. 08, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation hailed as some of the most robust yet to defend U.S. coasts against sea level rise is headed to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a proposal that would provide millions of dollars annually to communities threatened with losing ground to rising oceans because of...

New Orleans stormwater program marks 100th home project

Apr. 08, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A program to install stormwater control features at up to 200 homes in one flood-plagued New Orleans neighborhood is halfway there, city officials said Thursday. The 100th project was completed in March at the home of Stephanie Thomas in New Orleans'...

Divers rescue Thai Buddhist monk trapped in flooded cave

Apr. 07, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Buddhist monk who was trapped by floodwaters inside a cave in northern Thailand for four days has been rescued by divers, a provincial official said Wednesday. The 46-year-old monk, Phra Manas, entered Tham Phra Sai Ngam cave in Phitsanulok province on...

Rescuers hampered by damaged roads, more rain in Indonesia

Apr. 05, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

LEMBATA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were hampered by damaged bridges and roads and a lack of heavy equipment Monday after torrential rains caused multiple disasters on remote eastern Indonesian islands as well as in East Timor. At least 133 people died and dozens were...

Florida works to avoid 'catastrophic' pond collapse

Apr. 04, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond in the Tampa Bay area while evacuating the area to avoid a “catastrophic flood.” Manatee County officials say the latest models show...

Indonesia landslides, floods kill 41 people; dozens missing

Apr. 04, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and flash floods from torrential rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 41 people and displaced thousands, the country's disaster relief agency said Sunday. More than two dozen others were still missing. Mud tumbled down from...