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Ellicott City flood prompts call for nine-month freeze on development
July's deadly flash flood in historic Ellicott City is prompting Howard County officials to reconsider the impact of development on the area's waterways. The County Council will vote on a measure next month that would temporarily halt commercial and residential development in the Tiber-Hudson watershed...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Water Flood Hydrology River Water pollution Dam Surface runoff Maryland
Louisiana delays drawdown on False River
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is delaying a drawdown on False River because of recent flooding in the area. Project engineers say they expect no adverse effects from flooding, but they recommend delaying the drawdown as a precaution. The move was originally set ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Water Louisiana Hydrology Recreation Baton Rouge metropolitan area Fishing The Washington Times Drainage basin
California, parched for 5 years, gets drenched
A powerful storm with near hurricane-force winds swept through Southern California on Saturday, killing at least two people and causing widespread disruptions, but providing a definitive respite from five years of drought.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | California Water Precipitation Hydrology Los Angeles Rain Tropical cyclone Southern California
Dry, warm weather in Kansas sparks fears of drought
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Unusually warm and dry weather in February is stoking fears of another drought. The Wichita Eagle reports ( ) the average temperature this month in Wichita has been more than 8 degrees above normal, with more upper 60s and low 70s expected this week. The forecast ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Meteorology English-language films Precipitation Kansas Climatology Drought Weather Hydrology
Major flooding forces boat evacuations in Maxwell in Colusa County
About a hundred residents in the small town of Maxwell in Northern California were evacuated from their homes, some by boat, early Saturday morning because of major flooding after a powerful storm moved through the region. Water flooded several residential streets and roads in parts of the rural...
116 points by Los Angeles Times | Water Colusa County California Stream Williams California Street Maxwell California Rain Hydrology
Dam officials should've listened to those warnings about Oroville. Now we're stuck paying the price
Climate change did not produce California’s winter flooding that abruptly ended a devastating drought. That weather swing is just how California works. California has endured rotating cycles of wet and dry periods throughout its history. If there are weeks of deluge, a severe drought is on the...
1680 points by Los Angeles Times | Reservoir Precipitation Hydrology Water in California Dam Water California State Water Project Oroville Dam
Old Inwood golf course will store stormwater
A defunct golf course in northwest Houston will be excavated to hold up to 370 million gallons of stormwater with City Council's approval Wednesday of an agreement with the county Flood Control District.
103 points by The Houston Chronicle | Water Dam Flood Hydrology Houston Municipality Thames Barrier River Thames
Officials ignored warnings a decade ago
Environmental groups warned 12 years ago that the nation's tallest dam in California was an imminent disaster.
2955 points by CNN | Hydrology Water in California Flood Water Lake Oroville Oroville Dam Dam Oroville California
Oroville Dam operators open emergency spillway amid rising waters; officials say public safe
Capping days of tense planning at the nation’s tallest dam, officials on Saturday sent water down an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam for the first time ever after the dam’s main spillway suffered significant damage. Water started flowing down the emergency spillway into the Feather River...
2783 points by Los Angeles Times | Lake Oroville Oroville California Butte County California California State Water Project Hydrology Flood Water Feather River
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 1959 flood was a lesson (photos)
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's 1959 flood was one for the books. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Can nature interfere with conservation? Yes and that's exactly what happened in 1959, when Big Creek soaked what is now called the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, killing the entire reptile collection. The flooding that closed the zoo on Tuesday is a far cry from the events of 1959 because it shut down for a single day and sustained no damage this week. The zoo did not fully recover from the 1959 deluge until three years later - or 33 years if you accept the notion that the zoo did not have another permanent reptile collection until 1992 when the magnificent RainForest opened. That exhibit, which is really a self-contained zoo in its own right, was built in/on the Big Creek flood plain. According to published reports when the RainForest was opening, some of the planners took that into account and built berms and levies into the landscaping so the only water that gets in is invited. The sensitivity to nature's mercurial side does not end there. All construction to occur after the big flood addressed the potential for flooding in several ways: isolating the building, elevating it, or placing it somewhere else besides the flood plain. Meanwhile, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is trying to raise the consciousness of average homeowners by pushing ways to mitigate storm-water runoff. The zoo and contiguous Brookside Reservation are at the bottom of the Big Creek Watershed -- down stream from seven communities that are home to 175,000 people. All those sidewalks and driveways, the footprint of each house and commercial building, the parking lots and streets, are covering earth that would otherwise absorb rain, melting snow and storm-water runoff. So when it comes to dumping water in the Metroparks and threatening the zoo, nature has a hand and so do we.
75 points by The Plain Dealer | Water River Hydrology Cleveland Cleveland Metroparks Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Stream Greater Cleveland
Flood warning issued for Chagrin River at Willoughby
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood warning for the Chargin River in Willoughby. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On top of the flood warning in effect for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, a separate flood warning was issued for the Chargin River in Willoughby from the National Weather Service. At 11 a.m., the Chagrin River was 9.2 feet deep, and flood stage is at 11 feet. Minor flooding is in the forecast, and the river will rise above flood stage this afternoon and reach a crest near 11.4 feet shortly after. The river will then fall below flood stage later this evening, according to the warning. At 11 feet, lowland flooding can occur in Daniels Park in Willoughby, and along some secondary roads near the Chagrin River. Flood warning issued for Cuyahoga River at Independence Keep checking for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have! Kelly Reardon is's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Lake County Ohio Greater Cleveland River Cuyahoga County Ohio Hydrology Flood River Thames Willoughby Ohio
Number of dead trees rises dramatically in California
The number of dead trees in California’s drought-stricken forests has risen dramatically to more than 102 million in what officials described as an unparalleled ecological disaster that heightens the danger of massive wildfires and damaging erosion.
6 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | California United States Water Death Sequoia National Park Hydrology Federal government of the United States Vallejo California
A building moratorium brings unnecessary clouds [Commentary]
In the wake of the summer's Ellicott City flood, calling for a nine-month freeze on development in the area is a reflexive move that will do little to provide answers about the adequacy of Howard County's stormwater management policies and practices. The idea of a moratorium in under consideration...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Water Ellicott City Maryland Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Proposal County seat Howard County Maryland Maryland Hydrology
Detroit water dept. to charge new fee amid council concerns
Detroit water officials say a new drainage billing system debuting next month will make charges more fair to all.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Water pollution Hydrology Electric charge Stormwater Councillor Buffalo Bills Property Real estate
Rural weather station data fill in gaps as conditions change
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - From temperature to topsoil, it's important for farmers and ranchers to keep a weather eye on, well, the weather. That's where mesonets, rural weather stations operated by South Dakota State University Extension, come in, the Rapid City Journal ( ) reported. Nathan Edwards, mesonet manager ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | South Dakota Meteorology Hydrology Rain Rapid City South Dakota Wind Rapid City Journal City