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North Carolina to Study Sea Level Rise for the Nation

North Carolina to Study Sea Level Rise for the Nation

RALEIGH, North Carolina, February 26, 2009 (ENS) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding $5 million to the state of North Carolina for a statewide risk assessment and mitigation strategy demonstration of the potential impacts of sea level rise caused by climate change. Announcing the award on Tuesday, FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May said…

Spring Brings Money, Volunteers for Iowa Flood Recovery

Spring Brings Money, Volunteers for Iowa Flood Recovery

DES MOINES, Iowa, February 20, 2009 (ENS) – Iowa Governor Chet Culver and Congressman Bruce Braley today announced that more than $5.1 million in federal and state funds has been identified and is in the final approval stage for two conservation related flood recovery projects in Iowa. These funds are part of the effort to…

Rebuilding A Greener Iowa

Rebuilding A Greener Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, October 7, 2008 (ENS) – “My family and I are not flood victims but flood victors,” blogged one Cedar Rapids man. “We refuse to let this flood victimize us. As many who returned to their homes that were flooded, we found an awful mess and stench. Mixture of home furnishings, belongings, sewer…

U.S. Flood Insurance Endangers Puget Sound Salmon, Orcas

U.S. Flood Insurance Endangers Puget Sound Salmon, Orcas

SEATTLE, Washington, September 29, 2008 (ENS) – The National Flood Insurance Program is pushing orcas and several runs of salmon towards extinction, in violation of the Endangered Species Act, according to a regulatory finding issued today by scientists at the National Marine Fisheries Service. The National Flood Insurance Program is implemented by the Federal Emergency…

Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery Stumbles to Third Anniversary

Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery Stumbles to Third Anniversary

DENVER, Colorado, August 26, 2008 (ENS) – Three years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans a new report from international relief organization Oxfam America launched at the Democratic National Convention reveals the slow pace of recovery in the region and urges the next administration to make recovery…

Every Penny Is 'Precious' Says Iowa Governor Chet Culver

Every Penny Is 'Precious' Says Iowa Governor Chet Culver

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 10, 2008 (ENS) – As he does his job of helping Iowans clean up and recover from the disastrous June floods, Governor Chet Culver is already thinking ahead to preventing the next flood emergency. In a webcast interview with the Editorial Board of the “Des Moines Register” newspaper today, the governor…

Army Corps Will Evaluate Mamaroneck Flood Prevention

Army Corps Will Evaluate Mamaroneck Flood Prevention

MAMARONECK, New York, July 6, 2008 (ENS) – A new federal, state and local initiative is underway to develop a plan of action to reduce the storm damage on the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake rivers, especially in the Village of Mamaroneck, Westchester County. The floods of April 2007 were devastating in Mamaroneck, a suburb that fronts…

Big Sur Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

Big Sur Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

SACRAMENTO, California, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the entire scenic town of Big Sur on the central California coast as wildfire jumped a fire line today and now advances toward the town. The evacuation order applies to about 850 residents who live in a 10 mile…

Midwest Floodwaters Tainted With Sewage, Chemicals

Midwest Floodwaters Tainted With Sewage, Chemicals

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 17, 2008 (ENS) – Raw sewage is flowing into rivers and streams across central and eastern Iowa as one after another wastewater facilities are inundated by the record floods that have swept the state during the past two weeks. Livestock manure is also part of the nasty mix, along with spilled…