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Over 24 Inches of Rain Triggers Record Flooding in the South

Record rain in southRecord flooding is already occurring along a stretch of the Sabine River, and will move downstream the next several days along the Texas/Louisiana border, due to previous record releases from Toledo Bend Reservoir, first put in service in 1966.

The river already crushed a previous record crest near Burkeville, Texas by over 5 feet, and that crest is headed downstream for the town of Deweyville, Texas, where it may top the previous unofficial record crest from 1884 by more than three feet. On Sunday morning, the Sabine River hit 29 feet in Deweyville, which is the point the town becomes "isolated" with numerous homes flooded, according to the National Weather Service. At 29.98 feet, widespread major to catastrophic flooding occurs in the town.


Grand Canyon threatened despite win against developers, conservationists say

Grand CanyonPlans for a huge commercial development that would transform a tiny town near the edge of the Grand Canyon have been thrown out by federal officials in a surprise victory for conservation and indigenous interests – but campaigners warn that the world famous natural wonder remains in peril.

Tusayan, in northern Arizona, has a few low-key hotels and a population of just 560.

A mile from the entrance to Grand Canyon national park, it is the last settlement tourists pass through, if they even notice it, before entering the park to gawp into the spectacular sandstone abyss.


Earthquake threat to California may be greater than thought, warn scientists

Earthquake risk in californiaMeasuring the level of threat posed by severe earthquakes that could bring havoc to southern California should be reviewed, according to scientists who believe the risk could be greater than previously thought.

The warning follows latest research from a US geologist who found that two large faults in the region – the San Andreas and the neighbouring San Jacinto fault to its south – might have ruptured together in the past, producing an earthquake that caused damage as far north as San Buenaventura and was felt as south as San Diego.


US and Canada promise to lead world to low-carbon economy

US and Canada carbon emission dealThe US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains.

The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau ahead of a meeting at the White House commits the two countries to a range of actions to shore up the historic climate agreement reached in Paris last December.


US Military to check for water contamination at 664 sites

Contaminated groundwaterThe military is beginning to check whether chemicals from its firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, according to the Defense Department.

The Navy began sampling water at bases in December.

At a naval landing field in Virginia, the U.S. Navy is now giving its personnel bottled water and testing wells in the nearby rural area after the discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water. Several congressmen are raising concerns about the safety of drinking water near two former Navy bases in suburban Philadelphia because of firefighting foam.


Utah's Great Salt Lake Is Shrinking, And Scientists Say We're To Blame

Utah lake shrinkingThe largest saltwater lake in North America is dwindling in size, and scientists are saying it's our fault.

A team of researchers in Utah recently wrote a paper detailing how the Great Salt Lake has been slowly drying up for the past century and a half. Now, the 75-mile-long and 35-mile-wide lake has such low water levels that most sailboats have been pulled from its marina and stored in a parking lot.

The lake is about half the size it should be because people have redirected some of the rivers and streams that feed into it so they can use that water for themselves, Dr. Wayne Wurtsbaugh, professor in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Sciences and lead author of the paper, told The Huffington Post.


Severe flooding in Louisiana forces evacuations, school closures

Louisiana floodingA storm system moving through the southern United States killed at least one person in Texas and forced evacuations in Louisiana on Wednesday.

The storms were expected to continue throughout the day with the heaviest rainfall forecast for eastern Texas, parts of Arkansas and western Louisiana, where flash flood emergencies were declared for the parishes of Bossier, Caddo, Webster, DeSoto and Red River due to widespread flooding.


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