Floods

In this Sept. 21, 2017, photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. The EPA says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. But the agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 23, 2017 - 10:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund...
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In this undated photo provided by Jamilyn Spellman, left, Spellman and her late mother, Lori, pose for a photo. In the barrier island city of Long Beach, New York, Jamilyn Spellman is among those still fighting with FEMA over flood insurance claims, even though her Sandy-damaged home has long since been demolished, the land beneath it sold, and its original owner, her mother, has died of cancer. (Jamilyn Spellman via AP)
September 23, 2017 - 9:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The destructive floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy receded quickly, but some storm victims are still neck-deep in a battle over insurance payouts. And many victims of this year's storms in Texas, Florida and elsewhere should brace themselves for a similar fight, lawyers involved in...
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September 23, 2017 - 12:01 am
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The flood waters of Tropical Storm Irma have washed a retired school teacher out of her home in Bluffton. Susan Mixson Cleveland has a temporary place to stay in Estill, but very little else. Former students and total strangers responded to pleas for help on the...
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A gift shop damaged in the crossing of Hurricane Maria is shown on Cofrecito Beach, Bavaro, Dominican Republic, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Rain from the storm will continue in the Dominican Republic for the next two days according to meteorologists. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
September 21, 2017 - 9:55 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with the governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trump said earlier Thursday that Puerto Rico was "absolutely obliterated" and the Virgin...
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Oscar Rangel rests during search and rescue operations next to a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Thursday Sept. 21, 2017. Rangel doesn’t own a shovel and is typically seated at a computer compiling databases at work. But when a 7.1 magnitude quake struck Mexico this week, he was among the first to show up at a building that collapsed near his home, ready to dig for survivors. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)
September 21, 2017 - 9:04 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Oscar Rangel doesn't own a shovel and is typically sitting at a computer compiling databases at work. But when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck Mexico this week, he was among the first to show up at a building that collapsed near his home, ready to dig for survivors. In the two...
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Cesar Garcia wipes his eye as he talks about how he and other family members survived the Payson, Ariz., flash flooding this summer that killed 10 other family members, at his home, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
September 21, 2017 - 4:59 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — As water rushed around him, Cesar Garcia clung desperately to a tree and his 1-year-old daughter, hoisting himself above the debris-filled creek that had swept the pair downstream and killed 10 of his family members. "All I could think of was like, 'Hold on to my baby.' If I didn't...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods as floodwaters from Harvey rise in Houston. Allstate expects $593 million in insurance losses for August due to Hurricane Harvey. That marks a spike from $181 million in July. The estimates do not include Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in September. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
September 21, 2017 - 11:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Allstate expects insurance losses of about $593 million in August after Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction along the Gulf Coast. The initial accounting Thursday follows warnings from other insurers that are tallying the damages from a hurricane season that is nowhere near...
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A woman covers herself with a plastic bag as she makes her way to work as Hurricane Maria approaches the coast of Bavaro, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)
September 21, 2017 - 2:33 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial...
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A woman passes out trays of food to evacuees taking shelter at the Juan Ponce de Leon Elementary School before the arrival of Hurricane Maria, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Puerto Rico is likely to take a direct hit by the category 5 hurricane. Authorities warned people who live in wooden or flimsy homes should find safe shelter before the storm's expected arrival on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
September 20, 2017 - 1:22 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Caribbean island virtually incommunicado. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit "with a...
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September 19, 2017 - 5:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on powerful Hurricane Maria (all times local): 5 p.m. An even stronger Hurricane Maria is moving steadily toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is likely to still be a powerful category 5 storm when it arrives. The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that...
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