Police: 1 dead from flooding in New Mexico

New Mexico Storm

La Union residents snap photos with their cell phone cameras while others look on in disbelief at what was once San Antonio Street before flood waters demolished the entire roadway, leaving many residents in La Union, N.M. stranded in their homes, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Previously drought-stricken rivers surged their banks across New Mexico on Friday, closing roads, stranding children at schools and forcing evacuation from Las Vegas to Truth or Consequences from “life-threatening” floods. (AP Photo/The Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando-Hill) MANDATORY CREDIT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents began cleaning up and assessing the damage on Saturday after harsh flooding ruptured dams and claimed the life of at least one person.

State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the body of a man was found Saturday in his partially submerged vehicle next to State Road 51 in Ash Canyon, about 150 miles from Albuquerque. Investigators believe the man died after his vehicle washed into a ravine covered in mud near the Elephant Butte dam and was washed nearly a miles off roadway, probably Friday during the flooding, Gutierrez said.

The man’s name was not released.

The death is the first related to massive flooding in New Mexico this week from record heavy rains and overflowing rivers.

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Colorado Flood: Rescue efforts ongoing for hundreds of people still unaccounted for; death toll rises

Colorado flooding aerial view

A home was swept off its foundation and collecting into the overflowing Big Thompson River from recent flooding in the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County, Colorado on Saturday morning, September 14, 2013. View more images from the Colorado floods. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

(The Denver Post) – A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this week’s historic flooding in northern Colorado as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach hundreds of people listed as unaccounted for.

Rivers continued to flow well above flood stage, prompting orders for mandatory evacuations on both banks of the South Platte River in eastern Morgan County, including the towns of Orchard, Goodrich, Weldona and Muir Springs. Thousands living in the flood zones were displaced.

The South Platte was nearly nine feet over flood stage at Kersey Saturday morning.

“It is no doubt an epic event,” said Weld county commissioner Sean Conway. “It is a once in 500 years or 1,000 years situation.”

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4 killed, 181 unaccounted for in Colorado floods

KUSA – Authorities said 181 people are still unaccounted for after catastrophic flooding in Boulder County.

Boulder County authorities say those unaccounted for are not considered missing but have not contacted friends or family.

Officials have also raised the death toll from this week’s flooding in Colorado to four after a woman’s body was found in Boulder.

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Severe flooding in Pocatello and Chubbuck closes many streets

Mountain Park Drive in Chubbuck

Mountain Park Drive in Chubbuck Photo by Melissa Hartman.


Flooding made streets in Pocatello and Chubbuck hazardous or impassable Friday afternoon and evening as storm clouds dropped 2.5 inches of rain on Chubbuck and up to four inches on west Pocatello, according to the National Weather Service. Before the afternoon storm, Pocatello had received only 3.86 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1.

“Motorists need to stay away from standing water,” Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad said Friday evening. “We have some sink holes and we want to make sure no one gets hurt.”

There were several reports of homes and businesses flooded in Pocatello and Chubbuck, but no injuries were reported.

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105 dead, 115 missing in China floods

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Heavy rains brought by a typhoon triggered landslides in southern China that buried homes and vehicles and killed at least 15 people, as the number of dead or missing from recent flooding in the country surged past 200. Nine people were reported killed in Hunan province and six in Guangxi, where vehicles were covered in mud and rocks along a mountain highway, local flood control offices said. Rains brought by last week’s Typhoon Utor have caused severe flooding across Hunan, Guangxi and neighboring Guangdong province. By Tuesday morning, a total of 105 people were reported dead and 115 missing in the extreme south and northeast.

7 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines

Commuters make their way through a flooded street in the suburbs of Manila on August 20, 2013 (AFP, Jay Directo)

By Jason Gutierrez (AFP) – 20 August 2013

MANILA — Flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital fled their homes or sat on rooftops Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have killed seven people, submerged more than half of Manila.

Map locating the Philippines capital where torrential rains have caused havoc for a second day (AFP/Graphics)

Streets turned into rivers with water above two-metres (seven feet) in some parts of the megacity of 12 million people, displacing more than 130,000 people and forcing countless others to wait out the storm in or on their flooded homes.

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Floods kill 25 in NE China Updated: 2013-08-17 15:44

Floods kill 25 in NE China

A flooded road is seen after rainstorm hit Hongshi township in Huadian, Jilin province, Aug 16, 2013. The death toll has risen to 25 following rain-triggered floods in Northeast China. [Photo/Xinhua]


CHANGCHUN — The bodies of three people who went missing in a flood in Northeast China’s Jilin province were recovered on Saturday, local authorities said.

The latest casualties brought the death toll of floods which also hit neighboring Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces to 25.

Around 4:00 am on Friday floods hit a residential compound in Hongshi township, Huadian, leaving 11 dead. Three others were reportedly missing before their bodies were recovered Saturday.

About 200 residents from some 70 families have been relocated from their submerged community buildings.

Northeast China has been hit by the worst flooding in decades this summer.

Heilongjiang reported 11 flood-related deaths on Friday and Three people remain missing since the floods began on August 10, bringing water levels in three major rivers in the province to dangerous levels.

Nearly 2 million people in Heilongjiang have been affected, with 140,000 being relocated, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

The floods have destroyed over 2,500 houses and severely damaged at least 12,500 others, with direct economic losses estimated at 7.13 billion yuan (US$1.15 billion).

In Liaoning Province to the south of Jilin, more than 140 reservoirs  discharged water after rain from Thursday to Saturday raised levels above warning lines.

Railways and highways were cut off and bridges damaged by the floods in Fushun City where rainfall was the heaviest. Over 300,000 people there have been affected.

Massive Mudslide Washes Cars Away in Colorado

Manitou Springs, Colo.

A bulldozer works to clear mud from Hwy. 24 after a mudslide closed the road just west of Manitou Springs, Colo., Wednesday, July 10, 2013. A storm sent rocks, mud, debris and water rushing down part of U.S. 24 in a canyon in Manitou Springs, leaving some vehicles covered or stuck in mud.      (AP Photo/The Gazette, Jerilee Bennett)

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo.  — A thunderstorm has sent rocks, mud, debris and running water rushing down part of U.S. 24 in a canyon in Manitou Springs, leaving some vehicles covered or stuck in mud.

The rockslide closed a four-mile stretch of U.S. 24 Wednesday afternoon. El Paso County sheriff’s officials said there was no immediate report of injuries.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people seeking higher ground.

The National Weather Service had issued flash flood warnings Wednesday afternoon for areas scarred by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year and the Black Forest Fire this year, since soil and vegetation that normally would absorb rainfall there has been burned away.

India floods strand thousands; more than 100 dead

India Floods

A view of the Hindu holy town of Kedarnath from a helicopter after a flood, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Monsoon torrential rains have cause havoc in northern India leading to flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides as the death toll continues to climb and more than 1,000 pilgrims bound for Himalayan shrines remain stranded. (AP Photo)

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Days after floods killed more than 100 people — possibly many Rakesh Sharma, a state official, said the death toll could be much higher, running into thousands, but the exact number would be known only after a survey of the entire region.

A joint army and air force operation has so far evacuated nearly 14,000 people stranded in the area but nearly 61,000 people remained cut off, officials said.

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Researchers find underwater monument in Sea of Galilee

Cone-shaped structure was apparently built on dry land some 6,000 years ago, resembles early European burial sites

The underwater structure discovered in the Sea of Galilee (photo credit: Professor Shmuel Marco, Tel Aviv University)

The underwater structure discovered in the Sea of Galilee (photo credit: Professor Shmuel Marco, Tel Aviv University)


A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University discovered an underwater monument in the Sea of Galilee that they believe may have been a Bronze Age burial site.

The cone-shaped structure is approximately 39 feet high and 230 feet across and weighs about 60,000 tons, according to a press release from the American Friends of Tel Aviv University. The researchers published documentation of their find in the March 2013 edition of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.