Latest Floods News

Study: 15 million people live under threat of glacial floods

Feb. 07, 2023 11:04 AM EST

As glaciers melt and pour massive amounts of water into nearby lakes, 15 million people across the globe live under the threat of a sudden and deadly outburst flood, a new study finds. More than half of those living in the shadow of the disaster called glacial lake outburst floods...

Hurricane deaths at nursing home: accident or manslaughter?

Feb. 06, 2023 16:55 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (AP) — A Florida nursing home administrator charged with causing the overheating deaths of nine patients after Hurricane Irma in 2017 went on trial Monday, with a prosecutor calling him a “captain who abandoned ship” while his attorney said he's a “scapegoat” for...

Hollywood sinkhole almost swallows LAFD fire engine

Feb. 03, 2023 10:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A water main burst under a Hollywood street, creating a sinkhole that almost swallowed a fire engine and showering a home with so much water the roof collapsed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Flooding was reported around 11 p.m. Thursday on Fountain...

Tornado-relief payments come under scrutiny in Kentucky

Feb. 01, 2023 18:17 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some people unaffected by tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky in late 2021 were mistakenly sent payments from a relief fund funneling private donations into the region, the state treasurer's office said Wednesday. State Treasurer Allison Ball's office said it...

Emergency lifted after New Zealand storm less than feared

Jan. 31, 2023 23:51 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Northland region lifted a state of emergency declaration Wednesday after an overnight storm didn't turn out as bad as feared. A heavy rain warning for Auckland was also lifted, although a state of emergency remained in place for the...

Death toll from Pakistan mosque suicide bombing rises to 74

Jan. 30, 2023 23:08 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The death toll from previous day's suicide bombing at a mosque in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday jumped to 74 after rescuers retrieved 15 more bodies from the rubble, police and rescue official said. Bilal Faizi, the chief rescue official, said they were...

New Zealand's largest city braces for more rain and flooding

Jan. 30, 2023 20:03 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Residents in New Zealand's largest city were bracing Tuesday for another deluge and more flooding, four days after Auckland endured its wettest day on record in a storm that killed four people. A state of emergency was in place for Auckland, and...

Tropical storm leaves 30 dead, 20 missing in Madagascar

Jan. 30, 2023 09:16 AM EST

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Flooding and landslides caused by the passage of tropical storm Cheneso across Madagascar caused 30 deaths, left 20 people missing and affected tens of thousands across the Indian Ocean island nation, according to a provisional assessment Monday. The...

Hawaii firefighter injured when swept away in storm drain

Jan. 28, 2023 19:45 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii firefighter was critically injured when he was swept into a storm drain and carried the length of eight football fields until being dumped on the shoreline, officials said. The accident occurred as nearly 13 inches (33 centimeters) of rain fell on...

Biden pays tribute to victims of California shootings

Jan. 26, 2023 22:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday honored 18 people killed in two California mass shootings, saying “we have to be there” with the communities that have been forever scarred by gun violence. “Our prayers are with the people of Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay,...