Latest Floods News

  • Floods in vulnerable Houston no surprise, despite controls
    Floods in vulnerable Houston no surprise, despite controls Thu, May 28, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — The flooding, property damage and loss of life as torrential rains this week hit the Houston area should be no surprise. More »

  • Latest on flooding: Flood risk for city southwest of Houston
  • Texas floods: Does urban sprawl put more homes in path of flooding? Wed, May 27, 2015

    The booming economy of Central Texas and the rampant development that comes with it may have played a role in exposing area communities to increased flood risk. The speed of new construction is an additional complication, since homes are going up faster than rivers and creeks can be mapped. More »

  • 'It’s coming': Did stern Texas flood warnings go unheeded, or unhea … Wed, May 27, 2015

    Emergency officials in Texas are struggling with the fact that they appeared to do everything by the book – and yet 21 people are still confirmed dead from torrential Memorial Day weekend flooding. On Wednesday, authorities performed hundreds of water rescues and searchers continued to look for 13 missing people as more rain fell across the hills and gulleys of the Texas hill country, where a stubborn five-year drought has given way to full lakes and soils that can't absorb more water. More »

  • Flood Victims Try To Cope As More Rain Falls
    Flood Victims Try To Cope As More Rain Falls Wed, May 27, 2015

    Every now and then another storm will sweep through, drenching the growing piles of personal possessions dumped along the streets in America's fourth most populous city. John and Ali Stewart are still without electricity as they slosh through their home in Meyerland - their cats and dog looking on bemused. The Stewarts' neighbour has lived here for 50 years and never seen a flood like it, Mr Stewart said. More »

  • Devastating Floods in Texas, Oklahoma Driven by El Niño
    Devastating Floods in Texas, Oklahoma Driven by El Niño Wed, May 27, 2015

    Severe floods in Texas and Oklahoma are causing devastation after multiple storm systems battered a formerly drought-stricken area, according to experts. Heavy rainfalls began on Saturday (May 23) and soaked the region through the weekend, leading to nearly record-breaking rains in some southern areas of Texas and Oklahoma. At least 10 people have been reported dead across Oklahoma and Texas, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes and are seeking temporary shelter. More »

  • Floods in northwest Romania leave 1 dead, dozens evacuated Wed, May 27, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Officials in Romania say flooding in the country's northwest has killed at least one person, damaged homes and forced emergency evacuations. More »

  • Floods Kill At Least 17 In Texas And Oklahoma
    Floods Kill At Least 17 In Texas And Oklahoma Wed, May 27, 2015

    Heavy rain and flash flooding have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma and led to around 1,000 calls for help from residents in Houston, officials say. The death toll is expected to rise with numerous people still missing in Texas. Two of the dead in Houston were found in their cars. More »

  • Texas Flood 'Tsunami': Death Toll Keeps Rising
    Texas Flood 'Tsunami': Death Toll Keeps Rising Tue, May 26, 2015

    Thirteen people are missing in Texas after flash floods that have already claimed at least 16 lives in that state and Oklahoma. The Hays County commissioner in central Texas said earlier they were looking for 30 people along the swollen Blanco River, but most have since been accounted for. The property in Wimberley, Texas, was lifted off its foundations and slammed into a bridge on the Blanco River, which is at three times its normal level. More »

  • Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border
    Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border Tue, May 26, 2015

    A tornado ripped into a town in northern Mexico, killing at least 13 people and flattening hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said. More »

  • The Latest: Flash flood emergency declared in Houston area
  • Flash floods inundate parts of Texas and Oklahoma
    Flash floods inundate parts of Texas and Oklahoma Tue, May 26, 2015

    Texas governor says flooding that has killed at least three people is the worst he has ever seen in his state. More »

  • Deadly floods hit the central US
    Deadly floods hit the central US Mon, May 25, 2015

    Historic rainfall leaves parts of Texas and Oklahoma under water forcing thousands from their homes. More »

  • Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations
    Storms flood Plains, Midwest, killing 3, forcing evacuations Mon, May 25, 2015

    SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. More »

  • 52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus
    52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus Sun, May 24, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said. More »

  • Chile: Homes swept away by flood water following torrential rain
    Chile: Homes swept away by flood water following torrential rain Wed, May 20, 2015

    Amateur video caught the dramatic moment a home in Chile collapsed and was swept away in flood water after a torrential rainstorm dumped nearly 4in on the country's southern Los Lagos region in just 24 hours on Sunday (17 May). At least four homes were completely destroyed or carried away by rushing flood water in the city of Hualaihue. One man, Pascual Nunez, said he and his wife managed to escape from their home just before it collapsed. More »

  • Western storm raises flood danger; kayakers, skiers play
    Western storm raises flood danger; kayakers, skiers play Wed, May 20, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Rain and snow from the latest Pacific storm to hit the West renewed the risk of flooding in Colorado on Tuesday while providing two seasons of fun for kayakers and skiers and some relief from the drought. More »

  • Survivors stunned by loss in Colombian town hit by flood
    Survivors stunned by loss in Colombian town hit by flood Wed, May 20, 2015

    SALGAR, Colombia (AP) — Hector Raul Henao wept as he surveyed the barren landscape of mud and uprooted trees that had been a vibrant community of small coffee farmers. In the distance, across the still-raging La Libordiana ravine, he pointed to the zinc-roofed house he fled — one of just two left standing in an area devastated by a mudslide that killed at least 78 people. More »

  • Flood, mudslide sweep away homes in Colombia, killing 58
    Flood, mudslide sweep away homes in Colombia, killing 58 Tue, May 19, 2015

    SALGAR, Colombia (AP) — An avalanche of mud and debris roared through an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 58 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. More »

  • Colombian authorities report more than a dozen people killed in sudden floo … Mon, May 18, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities report more than a dozen people killed in sudden flood. More »

  • After Nepal quakes, monsoon poses risk of more landslides, floods Tue, May 12, 2015

    By Krista Mahr and Gopal Sharma JURE, Nepal (Reuters) - Areas of Nepal remain perilously unstable following last month's devastating earthquake, and, as Tuesday's tremor showed, landslides pose an ongoing menace that will only increase when seasonal monsoon rains begin to fall in the coming weeks. Diwakar Koirala, deputy administrator in Sindhupalchowk district, which reported the most deaths in last month's disaster, said Tuesday's quake caused three more big landslides. Beyond the immediate emergency, some families will have to move to safer areas, a slow, costly process which Nepal can ill afford. "There are some areas where it is very difficult to stay on a long-term basis, so we are looking at resettlement," said Iman Gurung, a home ministry adviser, declining to specify which areas. More »

  • Tokyo's Flood Tunnels
    Tokyo's Flood Tunnels Mon, May 11, 2015

    How an underground network of tunnels is protecting the world's largest city from the threat of flooding. More »

  • Diplomats, business people flood Cuba amid warmer US ties
    Diplomats, business people flood Cuba amid warmer US ties Sun, May 10, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — Tourists in shorts and sandals aren't the only foreigners flooding Havana these days. More »

  • Tornadoes, flash floods upend the Oklahoma City area
    Tornadoes, flash floods upend the Oklahoma City area Thu, May 7, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities are investigating the damage left behind by spring storms carrying more than a dozen suspected tornadoes that swept across the southern Plains, bringing floods, forcing the evacuation of an international airport and destroying homes near Oklahoma City. More »

  • US trade deficit swells to 6-year high of $51.4 billion in March, reflecting … Tue, May 5, 2015

    US trade deficit swells to 6-year high of $51.4 billion in March, reflecting flood of imports. More »

  • Flash floods kill five as torrential rains hit Australia's east coast Sat, May 2, 2015

    Flash floods killed five people in south-east Queensland when their cars were swept away following a rain storm on Australia's east coast, police said on Saturday. "The tragedy is that people are still taking risks in order to try and get through," Queensland police inspector Lee Jeffries told local media. The low follows last week’s cyclone-strength storm that battered Australia’s east coast over three days, killing eight, cutting road and rail links, closing shipping ports and causing millions of dollars of damage to Sydney and other cities. More »

  • Farage Warns EU Policy Will Allow IS Flood
    Farage Warns EU Policy Will Allow IS Flood Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Nigel Farage has been accused of being "populist and despicable" after claiming "half a million Islamic extremists" could head to Britain if the EU adopts a common migration policy. More »

  • Migrant dies trying to enter Greece by land during floods Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have found the body of a migrant who apparently drowned during floods as he tried to illegally enter the country from Turkey. More »

  • 21 confirmed dead  in north China coal mine flood
    21 confirmed dead in north China coal mine flood Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Search teams have recovered the bodies of 21 Chinese coal miners who died when the shaft where they were working filled with water, an official said Thursday. More »

  • Channel 5's Robin Williams documentary had us all in floods of tears
    Channel 5's Robin Williams documentary had us all in floods of tears Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Autopsy: The Last Hours of Robin Williams aired this evening exploring the very last hours leading up to the actor’s tragic death. More »

  • Flash floods leave 200,000 Australians without power
    Flash floods leave 200,000 Australians without power Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Authorities warn the worst of the storm might not be over, with more flooding expected. More »

  • Many still displaced months after Malaysia floods
    Many still displaced months after Malaysia floods Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Residents of Kelantan without a home, nearly four months after northeastern province's worst deluge in decades. More »

  • Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives
    Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Spontaneous tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to save lives and provide aid, Dutch researchers said. When a crisis strikes, people increasingly find out about it from social media, as individuals and groups take to the internet to spread the word. After the Indonesian capital Jakarta was hit by floods this February, related tweets peaked at almost 900 a minute, with a significant number including information about location and water depth, according to a joint study by two Dutch organisations, Deltares and Floodtags. The team then analysed the thousands of tweets - and others from similar flooding a year earlier - to derive a method for creating real-time flood maps based on Twitter messages, statistics and data on land elevation and water motion. More »

  • Flash floods hit the US Gulf coast
    Flash floods hit the US Gulf coast Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Deep water in the deep south as torrential rain causes flooding across southern parts of the US. More »

  • Floods return to the Levant region
    Floods return to the Levant region Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Torrential downpours along the Levant lead to flooding across parts of the eastern Mediterranean. More »