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    Customers wait in line to enter Frontier Fiesta on Feb. 17, 2021, in Houston. A winter storm caused rolling blackouts throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. by Delilah Alvarado This story was originally published at Prism. In February, severe winter storms sweeping across the U.S. caused an extreme power crisis in Texas. People across the state went without power for an average of two days, and some lost access to fresh water for even longer and had to boil the water that was available. Now as the temperature lowers and the winter months approach, Texans who are still feeling the effects of the last blackout are anxiously waiting to see if the weather could cause a repeat of February’s disaster. Efforts have been underway to reform the state’s power grid since the last major storm, but experts say the grid is still vulnerable and could create some future problems. The worst-case scenario considered—fossil fuel outages and very high demand for power—does not capture the amount of power lost in February, along with a lack of winterization for the gas sector, where half of the outages came from. The...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Though flooding that was expected to threaten parts of the Northwest didn’t end up being too bad Sunday, weather officials urged residents to remain alert because more rain was on the way to an area where there’s lingering water from extreme weather earlier this month. “There’s some good news and some pending news,” said Steve Reedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. The weather service on Saturday warned that flooding was possible through Sunday in northwestern Washington, but an atmospheric river — a huge plume of moisture extending over the Pacific and into the Northwest — moved farther north into Canada than expected overnight. “The impacts weren’t quite as bad as we were anticipating during the overnight period,” Reedy said. After a respite, rain reentered the area later Sunday, which could cause some “nuisance flooding,” he said, and rivers could start to rise again in the afternoon. “The flooding isn’t going to be quite as bad as we were expecting 24 hours ago, but it still looks like some rivers up...
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A strong storm off the Southeast coast combined with periodic higher tides Sunday, causing coastal flooding that approached levels rarely seen outside of hurricanes along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, officials said. Scientists have said data shows the unusually high tides and the flooding of roads that come with it is happening more frequently as sea levels rise with global warming. Sunday morning’s high tide reached 10.45 feet (3.19 meters) at Fort Pulaski, just east of Savannah, Georgia, the National Weather Service reported. It was the fourth-highest tide in the 85 years the gauge has been in place. The other three higher levels happened in tropical storms or hurricanes including the record of 12.56 feet (3.83 meters) in Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. The water shut down several roads, including U.S. Highway 80 from Savannah to Tybee Island, officials said. The Sunday high tide in Charleston Harbor reached 8.51 feet (2.59 meters), which is the 10th highest level in the century of recording at that site, the weather service said. The high water closed dozens...
    A group that is proposing a $40 billion system of sea gates to protect New York and New Jersey from deadly storm surges toured the shores ravaged by Hurricane Sandy aboard a 100-ft-long luxury yacht.  Engineers, scientists and city planners with the New York New Jersey Storm Surge Working Group met on the ninth anniversary of Sandy to discuss how to best protect the area from floods like the one caused by the deadly storm in 2012. The hurricane killed 60 people in New York and New Jersey, flooding homes and businesses and causing New York City alone an estimated $19 billion in damage, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. As a result, the Working Group has proposed three sea walls at the East River, Jones Inlet and East Rockway, plus a bigger one in the Outer New York Harbor connecting New York and New Jersey. Members of the group discussed the $40 billion plans aboard the Manhattan II, a mahogany-finished, air-conditioned vessel with panel windows that rents for up to $2,400 an hour, according to Classic Harbor Line. Scientists,...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- Last week's super storm may be in the past, but the damage is still part of the present, particularly at San Rafael's Ritter Center where they're now unable to feed their clients - low income Marin families and people experiencing homelessness.RELATED: Strongest storm in years brings torrential rain, flooding to Bay AreaDuring last week's storm, Downtown San Rafael flooded. In photos, the street and area outside Ritter Center looked like a lake, which means inside, more than a foot of water destroyed much of the pantry operation."It's really hard for the families who come here, 350 families a week get food from us. It helps them to stretch their very limited income because they may need to pay for other things like gas and transportation and rent," said Ritter Center Executive Director, Mark Shotwell.VIDEO: Marin County recovering from super storm EMBED More News Videos On Monday, there are few signs around Downtown San Rafael about Sunday's flooding. There are a some tree branches on the floor. People sweeping away leaves. But most of the streets...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — There is a concern for significant coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore. CBS3’s Matt Petrillo was in Atlantic City as they prepare for the storm to move through the region. High tide in Atlantic City was around 4 p.m. and Friday marks the 9th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the region. READ MORE: FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization For Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Ages 5 To 11The Atlantic City Fire Department is now better equipped to handle storms. Coastal flooding is a major concern down the shore. Here’s what we’re working on for @CBSPhilly starting at 4p pic.twitter.com/Q5g7swIfis — Matt Petrillo (@MattPetrillo) October 29, 2021   They have a five-ton military-grade truck called a “high water vehicle.” They are deployed in Atlantic City anytime there’s potential flooding. “With Hurricane Sandy, we realize we need better and bigger equipment to be able to respond in emergencies and flood-prone areas,” Atlantic City Fire Department Chief Scott Evans. If you see one of the vehicles in Atlantic City you might see Cpt. Robert Gragg behind...
    It rained so hard in California in 1862 that a 300-mile-long lake was created in the Central Valley, stretching from Bakersfield to Red Bluff. Yes, literally. Leland Stanford needed a rowboat to carry him over Sacramento’s flooded streets to be sworn in as the new governor. No, I didn’t cover it. It was the largest flood in the recorded history of California, Nevada and Oregon. Over 43 days, the equivalent of 10 feet of water — rain and snow — was dumped on California. At least 4,000 people were killed. It became known as the Great Flood of 1862. A few years earlier, in 1846, a rare late October monster snowstorm socked the region around what later was named Lake Tahoe, leading to one of the ugliest chapters in California history. A wagon train of California-bound Midwesterners was trapped by deep snow below the Sierra crest, at what became known as Donner Lake, named after one of the party’s leaders. Only 48 of the 87-member Donner Party survived the nearly four months of starvation, sickness and alpine cold. The Donner...
    SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Sunday’s atmospheric river storm has eased drought conditions in Marin County, but the region has a long way to go before it emerges from the bone-dry conditions that have led to parched hillsides and water use restrictions, according to federal drought officials. On Thursday, federal officials released the first drought monitor map since the weekend torrential rains flooded downtown San Rafael and dumped more than 16 inches on Mt. Tamalpais, more than 10 inches on Kentfield and more than 5 inches in both Petaluma and Novato. READ MORE: Stolen RV Pursuit Ends In Horrific San Ramon CrashBefore the storm, much of the county was in the worst designation — an exceptional drought. On Thursday, federal officials said the area has been elevated to an extreme drought. Conditions also improved in San Francisco and Sonoma counties which both now fall into the extreme drought category. But it also showed how far the Bay Area needs to go before the drought ends. Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager for the California Department of Water Resources, said people should...
    SACRAMENTO —  It rained so hard in California in 1862 that a 300-mile-long lake was created in the Central Valley, stretching from Bakersfield to Red Bluff. Yes, literally. Leland Stanford needed a rowboat to carry him over Sacramento’s flooded streets to be sworn in as the new governor. No, I didn’t cover it. It was the largest flood in the recorded history of California, Nevada and Oregon. Over 43 days, the equivalent of 10 feet of water — rain and snow — was dumped on California. At least 4,000 people were killed. It became known as the Great Flood of 1862. A few years earlier, in 1846, a rare late October monster snowstorm socked the region around what later was named Lake Tahoe, leading to one of the ugliest chapters in California history. A wagon train of California-bound Midwesterners was trapped by deep snow below the Sierra crest, at what became known as Donner Lake, named after one of the party’s leaders. Only 48 of the 87-member Donner Party survived the nearly four months of starvation, sickness and alpine cold. The...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The big storm brought a lot of much-needed moisture to the Bay Area, but it also brought a lot of stuff into the San Francisco Bay that doesn’t belong in the bay. “Basically, anything that’s in the city on the street is coming into the storm drain with the rain and getting washed out into the bay and into our local creeks,” said Sajel Choksi-Chugh, the executive director for San Francisco Baykeeper. “We’re looking at stormwater runoff that has pollutants from every single paved area around the bay, we’re looking at industrial pollution, we’re also looking at wastewater overflows.” READ MORE: Dream Inspires Concord Minister To Take Food, Clothing and Scripture To Homeless CampsitesShe and her team scooped up visible trash and debris from the bay on Wednesday. This is something that typically happens after a big storm, according to Choksi-Chugh. “The trash on our streets and in our creeks gets washed out into the bay,” she said. READ MORE: Police Activity Blocks All Lanes of Westbound Highway 580 In OaklandHowever, it’s the pollutants that...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says that while the storm which pummeled California Sunday and Monday was beneficial, it did not do nearly enough to alleviate the state’s drought situation. The swollen San Anselmo creek touches the bottom of businesses on Oct. 24, 2021, in San Anselmo, Calif. (Getty Images) READ MORE: Tractor-Trailer Wanted For Hit-And-Run That Killed Woman Walking In South LAThe Bay Area on Sunday had its wettest October day ever, recording four inches of rain in San Francisco and nearly five inches in Santa Rosa. Several cities across Central and Southern California also broke records Monday. However, NWS Meteorologist Mark Jackson told KCAL9 Tuesday that the state will need multiple storms like this one to pull out of the drought. “It was a tremendous storm, especially for October,” Jackson said. “We get precipitation in October across the state at times, but not typically this heavy and this fast. So it does make a difference, it’s not all of the difference. Keep in mind that in order to get out...
    FREMONT — Although Caltrans made some efforts to clear highway drains ahead of this past weekend’s powerful atmospheric river storm, the seemingly nonstop rain overwhelmed drainage systems and led to a patch of Interstate 880 being severely flooded and closed. In the deepest parts, the California Highway Patrol estimates water was standing at roughly three to three-and-a-half feet in the area south of the Thornton Avenue overcrossing of 880 near Fremont and Newark, forcing closures from late Sunday night into Monday morning in both directions. “It was a small section of freeway but it completely backed up I-880,” Officer Dustin Kennerley, a spokesperson with the CHP said Tuesday. “It was nightmare territory.” Kennerley said because no one could pass the patches of water, 880 was closed between Mowry Avenue and Thornton. The northbound direction was closed around 10 p.m. Sunday night, and didn’t reopen until about 6 a.m. Monday, while the southbound direction was closed just after midnight on Monday morning, and didn’t reopen until about 8:35 a.m. “I haven’t seen anything like this where it shuts down a freeway....
    The drought-dried shores of Folsom Lake were damp this week after what officials called the first big storm of the season. The water level at Lake Oroville, which receded so much this summer that officials had to close its hydroelectric power plant for the first time, rose by more than 16 feet. And the Russian River — recently reduced to something more like a trickle — flowed with more ease after the atmospheric river dumped record-breaking amounts of rain across California, replenishing dwindled reservoirs and rehydrating cracked terrain. Despite the mayhem the atmospheric river caused for some residents, the historic storm marked a welcome change for a parched California after a year of heat and drought with so little rain. “If we could have designed a storm it would have been this one,” said Emma Detwiler, a spokeswoman for the Marin Municipal Water District, which saw its depleted reservoirs grow from 32% capacity to 43% during the storm. “It’s a great step in the right direction.” But while the massive plume of moisture helped, experts said it will take much...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The season’s first nor’easter is making for a dangerous morning commute Tuesday. New York City is under a travel advisory until the afternoon. READ MORE: Heavy Rain Has Queens Residents Worried About Ida Repeat: 'I'm Scared To Death'Subway flooding is one major concern, especially after what the city saw during Ida. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it is taking all necessary precautions to deliver safe service to customers. The agency deployed extra resources to about 50 subway stations that it identified as having some “vulnerability.” Pump trains have also been positioned in five locations across the system. READ MORE: Storm Watch: Timeline Of Rare October Nor'easter Soaking Tri-State AreaAs for buses, crews moved some to higher ground. Tow trucks were also deployed to service bus routes known to have flooding potential. Before the rain started, MTA officials held a press conference Monday to discuss what they will be doing. “We have 900 pumps at 300 locations throughout the subway system. So during Hurricane Ida, we literally pumped 75 million gallons of water. We can get the...
    LAKE MENDOCINO (KPIX 5) — This was a storm that came with expectations, not just for what the weekend might look like but what it could mean in the larger context of crawling out of two years of drought. It was just one storm, but it did not disappoint. The morning came, the storm had passed, and before everyone’s eyes a different landscape emerged. In the wake of the atmospheric river, the North Bay is now basking in the glory of a so-called “bomb cyclone” – a storm that was desperately needed. READ MORE: Atmospheric River: North Bay Water Officials Wait & See On Easing Restrictions After Major Storm“It was a great weekend for us water nerds, and water managers” says Brad Sherwood of the Sonoma County Water Agency. “This storm is actually bigger than we forecasted and thought.” Last week, the East Fork of the Russian River was barely crawling into Lake Mendocino. Now, the river is carrying the weekend storm, and as of Monday, the lake was up 5,000 acre-feet. “Lake Sonoma, just from this rainfall, has received...
    HEALDSBURG (KPIX 5) – Thanks to the massive storm over the weekend, the Russian River in the North Bay is once again full of water. As it flowed by Healdsburg on Monday, the river is once again rushing. Last week, it trickled at 35 cubic feet per second, now it’s in the tens of thousands. READ MORE: UPDATE: Residents in Santa Cruz Mountain Dig Out From Storm DebrisResidents have become good at conserving, saving up to 52% citywide. Many have been motivated by the fear of how dry Lake Mendocino, their only water supply, has looked in recent months. “I think, maybe, some people were afraid that we would run out of water and it’s important to conserve it so we will have water to drink,” said water saver Judy Cobourn, who went to look out at the swollen river on Monday. When asked if the large flow of water would change residents’ minds on conserving, Cobourn responded, “It might. It might, yeah, because this is an awful lot of water.” The Russian River in Healdsburg following a...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern California may have enjoyed a rare October storm Monday, but experts say don't expect it to erase concerns about the statewide drought crisis."It's going to take multiple systems like this to really have any impact on our drought," said Mark Jackson, the National Weather Service's meteorologist in charge of the Los Angeles and Oxnard office.The latest maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor show every part of the California is classified as in a drought. More than 85% of the state is suffering through extreme drought conditions, and nearly half the state has "exceptional drought" status, the worst category."What we're going to need to really kind of get our way completely out of this drought is to have several or at least a good wet season and even a couple of good wet seasons in a row," Jackson told Eyewitness News. "Right now the odds are we are going to have a dry season."Jackson says Southern California relies on three major sources of water: the Colorado River, groundwater and snowpack on the Southern Sierra. The snowpack...
    RIO LINDA (CBS13) – As the storm moves out, the damage assessment is now underway in Rio Linda. Rick Ellsworth says his cows stuck who were outside, were pounded with rain all night. He woke up to his property covered in water. READ MORE: Colfax Residents Return Home After Debris Flow Concerns Subside“We got a lot of rain in 24 hours,” he said. It’s something Rick and his neighborhood have dealt with before. He says the first storm of the season normally drenches this neighborhood. But this time, the rain flooded the grounds where his animals roam. He says with cars trying to maneuver the high water, the wake is now tearing up his fence line. “When it floods, it floods down here because we are the lowest part,” he said. He says his 13 goats and a few horses haven’t seen water this high in years. The aftermath of the storm is now creating problems for the neighborhood. READ MORE: Some Sierra Spots Report More Than 2 Feet Of Snow Over Past 24 Hours“Trees down, cars in the ditch,” said...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A beach water use advisory is in effect through Thursday due to the rainfall washing trash and bacteria from Los Angeles County’s streets into storm drains and the ocean. Rain also fell on the beach in Ventura. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Vehicle Crashes Into Restaurant Killing One, Injuring FiveSouthern California always feels refreshed after being doused with rain, but all those public health hazards – like bacteria, fluids from traffic, debris, and trash – gotta go somewhere. READ MORE: 3 Found Dead In Balboa Island HomeRain-swollen runoff from city streets are likely to contaminate ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers for the next few days, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. People who decide to swim or surf in these waters could become ill. The county’s beach water use advisory will be in effect until at least Thursday at 1 p.m., but could be extended depending on further rainfall. MORE NEWS: Drenching Rain Forces Alisal Fire Burn Area Residents In Santa Barbara County To EvacuateFor 24-hour beach...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Officials across the region are preparing for the first major storm system since the devastating impact of Ida over the summer. Many are still cleaning up from Ida and this week marks nine years since Superstorm Sandy. Precautions like barricading roads to keep cars out of rising waters are being taken to prevent similar damage, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported Monday. READ MORE: Timeline Of Rare October Nor’easter Approaching Tri-State AreaCatch basins in New York City and Jersey City were cleared of debris. “The leaves are always a problem and if they block the catch basin that causes local flooding, roadway flooding,” said Greg Kierce, Jersey City’s director of emergency management & homeland security. Kierce said lessons were learned after Ida. “We have locations where we put pumps to help force the water out,” he said. The city saw more than $30 million in damage. Places that never had water before flooded. Sewer lines collapsed and, as of last week, nearly 3,000 people were still looking for FEMA assistance. Kierce’s big tip before this storm: READ MORE:...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sunday’s storm dumped several inches of rain flooding streets, leaving drivers stranded. “We were just stuck out there in the water,” said Tom Vincent. READ MORE: Sacramento Sets Storm Record With Its Highest All-Time Rainfall Total Since 1880Vincent had to wait on the side of Whitney Road near Walnut after being rescued from floodwaters he thought he could drive through. Instead, his car stalled. “The car was almost like floating or something,” he explained. And he wasn’t the only driver to get stuck. CBS13 saw another driver attempt to drive through the flooded streeT. That driver was rescued by a good neighbor who used their truck to push the car through. “It’s overloading all the storm drains, so we got flooding on Winding Way,” said James Hall. By Sunday, the water level near Arcade Creek began to rise, forcing crews to put up barricades. READ MORE: UPDATE: Flood Waters Shut Down Lanes Of I-880; Alameda's Harbor Bay Parkway, Silverado Trail In Napa“Seen reports from a friend of mine where he had cars stuck in the water,” Hall...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The newly built water vault at McKinley Park was filled by Sunday’s storm, causing flooding of some streets nearby. With Sacramento having a combined sewer system, big storms can often cause storm and wastewater to overflow into the street. However, the 6 million gallon vault built under McKinley Park is supposed to help prevent such events. READ MORE: Sacramento Sets Storm Record With Its Highest All-Time Rainfall Total Since 1880However, city officials say the vault was built for a ten-year storm event. Sunday’s storm was at a 200-year level – with Sacramento getting more than 5 inches of rain over 24-hours. READ MORE: 'Never Been So Excited': Nonprofit Gets Unexpected Help As Storm Threatens ShelterCity officials stress that there have been no issues found on the levees in the city, and there has also been no impact to Sacramento’s drinking water. MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Atmospheric River: I-880 Shutdown, Flooded Roadways, Damaged Homes, Massive Rockslides In Storm's WakeSome localized flooding is still expected, officials say, with flows going beyond capacity in many locations.
    FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- Flooding has closed I-880 is closed in both directions in Fremont early Monday between the off-ramps at Mowry and Thornton avenues.Fremont Police announced at 3:26 a.m. that the California Highway Patrol had closed all lanes of traffic in both directions and that there is no estimated time to reopen the highway.LIVE: Track rain in San Francisco Bay Area with Live Doppler 7Several cars have been towed out of the water.There is no estimate for when lanes will fully reopen.Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.POWER OUTAGES: Latest PG&E InformationEVACUATIONS: List of Bay Area evacuationsBUSINESS CLOSURES: Bay Area storm causes closures for Oakland Zoo, Alameda County FairRELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: VIDEO: Watch the latest AccuWeather forecast How to prepare your home for winter storms TIPS: How do you recover from hydroplaning? Tips for how to drive safely on rainy days TIPS: Here's how to use sandbags and prevent flooding
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The first big storm of the water year is here.Many Bay Area residents spent the last few days preparing for this moment, where now much of the Bay Area is under a Flood Advisory.Creeks are full and many roads are already flooded: Most of the Bay Area is under a Flood Advisory tonight.Lots of flooding across the area on roads and creeks. pic.twitter.com/blGoXATfsF— Drew Tuma (@DrewTumaABC7) October 25, 2021Here's a look around the Bay Area as an atmospheric river drenched the region.EAST BAYA warning for drivers to watch for water on the road this morning. I-880 between Newark and Fremont was closed overnight because of flooding. At least half a dozen cars got stuck in the water. Today’s storm has been rather intense over here in the East Bay, and the worst may be yet to come. pic.twitter.com/k4yzA7ymEk— Spencer Christian (@SpencerABC7) October 24, 2021In Martinez, residents were walking in water almost knee-deep.In Martinez, California streets are still flooded this evening. @abc7newsbayarea https://t.co/Q4EB38pGg6 pic.twitter.com/1h4iJRulE6— J.R. Stone (@jrstonelive) October 25, 2021Turn around or drive through it? Looks...
    FORESTVILLE (BCN) — With a major storm expected to hit the Bay Area Sunday, a rubber dam in the Russian River near Forestville will be deflated Saturday to prevent damage to the dam from high river flows, authorities said. Sonoma Water, Sonoma County’s water agency, deflates the rubber dam when Russian River flow forecasts show the river reaching 2,000 cubic feet per second, the agency said. The atmospheric river bearing down on the Bay Area Sunday is expected to raise river flows above 19,000 cubic feet per second. READ MORE: Flash Flood Watches Issued As Storm Aims at Fire-Scarred Northern CaliforniaThe rubber dam is just downstream of the river’s Wohler Bridge and is usually raised in the spring or early summer when water demands increase. It creates a pool of water that enhances Sonoma Water’s well levels in the area, the agency said. A permanent “fish ladder,” a seemingly oxymoronic phrase describing a structure that helps fish navigate obstacles, provides fish passage when the dam is raised. The fish ladder also allows Sonoma Water to count the migration of adult...
    More rain fell in the Bay Area Friday morning, bringing a firm end to the long run of dry weather.Dozens of crashes were reported across the region as the storm created slick and dangerous conditions for the morning commute.LIVE: Track the rain with Live Doppler 7The CHP reported more than 70 incidents early this morning on Bay Area roadways, many of which were solo spinouts. By 8:00 a.m., the weather had cleared up and the rain moved out.EMBED More News Videos Dozens of crashes have been reported across the Bay Area Friday morning as a storm is creating slick and dangerous conditions for commuters. Public works crews are using the break to clean up the mess the rain created and to prepare for the next round of rain expected Sunday and Monday.Tree trimming companies are also busy right now. The owner of Small World Tree Company in San Rafael said Friday morning crews were cutting back limbs that are growing over roofs. She said this is good preventative work to do ahead of Sunday's storm.RELATED: Bay Area rain storms to...
    LAKE MENDOCINO (KPIX 5) — Lake Mendocino is where Gov Newsom declared a drought emergency back in April. Now, water is finally flowing into this reservoir again, raising the same question that is being asked across much of Californian. How much progress could reasonably be made here in one winter? “The river, coming in, it’ll just start coming in and spreading out,” said Kevin Howell, looking at the north end of the lake. “Big time. It don’t take too long before you see big progress.” READ MORE: Former Oakland Police Captain Wounded During Fatal Shooting At Gas StationThe East Fork of the Russian River has sprung back to life, now crawling towards the lakebed that became a postcard for California’s drought. And it’s already delivering some good, short-term news for people downstream. “So, for the next two weeks, the state board says that the supply that is available to us is greater than the demand so they have lifted the curtailments,” said Healdsburg Utility Director Terry Crowley. Healdsburg, which relies primarily on Lake Mendocino for its water, had to cut...
    (KPIX 5) — Lake Mendocino is where Gov Newsom declared a drought emergency back in April. Now, water is finally flowing into this reservoir again, raising the same question that is being asked across much of Californian. How much progress could reasonably be made here in one winter? “The river, coming in, it’ll just start coming in and spreading out,” said Kevin Howell, looking at the north end of the lake. “Big time. It don’t take too long before you see big progress.” READ MORE: Former Oakland Police Captain Wounded During Fatal Shooting At Gas StationThe East Fork of the Russian River has sprung back to life, now crawling towards the lakebed that became a postcard for California’s drought. And it’s already delivering some good, short-term news for people downstream. “So, for the next two weeks, the state board says that the supply that is available to us is greater than the demand so they have lifted the curtailments,” said Healdsburg Utility Director Terry Crowley. Healdsburg, which relies primarily on Lake Mendocino for its water, had to cut its water...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- In the North Bay, the rain was a welcome sight but it's already caused some serious issues when it comes to clogged storm drains.It was a big mess in San Rafael's Picnic Valley neighborhood.Rain caused a clogged storm drain to back up, flooding parts of Octavia Street and Woodland Avenue with up to two feet of water. Public works crews were busy pumping the water out.RELATED: Rain brings down tree, causes flooding in San Francisco #HappeningNow Flooding in downtown San Rafael. Public works crews busy pumping water from a storm drain clogged w/ debris. @LiveDoppler7 @DrewTumaABC7 pic.twitter.com/Z3Lg3mcESi— Cornell Barnard (@CornellBarnard) October 21, 2021"With all the leaves and everything falling and there's construction around, anything could have flown in there, people's garbage, bottles, cans, but mainly leaves plugged the drain," said San Rafael Public Works supervisor Kenny Gatlin.RELATED: Bay Area rain storms to grow in strength, soak region into next weekIt took several hours before the drain was fixed and water receded.In the downtown area, tree crews were hustling trimming branches and limbs ahead of this...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Light rain moved into the North Bay Tuesday evening, launching a series of storms that's expected to last through the week."This is amazing, we feel so much better now that it's raining," said Antonia Knight, who huddled with her friends under the Sonoma County sprinkles."We have planned this whole girl's date just for the rain. We're going out to watch a spooky movie after this because we're that obsessed with the fall weather," she said.RELATED: Series of storms heading to Bay Area to bring 7 days of rainWhen asked why the women didn't have any rain gear, Sebastopol resident, Lily Barker said, "We like to feel it. The feeling when the rain hits your skin, it's a good feeling."There was some rain gear present in Downtown Santa Rosa in anticipation of this week's weather."Fingers crossed, we were hoping for it," said Sonoma County resident, Janet Souza, who shared an umbrella with her husband Tim Souza."It's great, I can turn off my sprinklers for my lawn. I don't have to water them anymore," explained Tim."Maybe eliminate...
    LAFITTE, La. (AP) — Hurricane Ida swept through Louisiana with furious winds that ripped roofs off buildings and storm surge so powerful it moved homes. What it wrought on the living it also wrought on the dead, moving vaults and caskets and adding another layer of trauma for families and communities recovering from the powerful storm. “Once you bury a relative, you expect that to be the permanent resting place,” said the Rev. Haywood Johnson Jr., who lives in the small community of Ironton, south of New Orleans along the Mississippi River. Ida’s surge destroyed nearly every home in the community and pushed heavy vaults — including those containing Johnson’s mother and other relatives — from their resting spots into the streets. “Some of those tombs weigh a couple of tons. And the water just came and disrupted it like they were cardboard boxes. That was the force of the water,” Johnson said. Louisiana’s location in a hurricane-prone region coupled with cultural burial practices that often lay the dead to rest above ground make the problem common in the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The High Line Canal was originally built to move irrigation water across the region. Now that purpose has dried up, so the canal is being repurposed for a new type of water management. (credit CBS) “Today users see a very dry canal,” said Harriet Crittenden LaMair, Executive Director of the High Line Canal Conservancy. Denver Water has not been sending water down the canal for several years, mostly because it’s a very inefficient way to move water. Sixty to 80% of the water leaks out or evaporates. Now the High Line Canal Conservancy is enacting a plan that would use 64 miles of the 71 mile canal to collect and filter storm water. “Storm water in the region is coming faster and in bunches, so having more ways to manage that storm water and to have it flow through when it comes is a very smart way to manager water,” Crittenden LaMair explained. (credit CBS) Crews are building berms along the canal which will slow the water so that it can filter before it enters existing streams...
    DETROIT (AP) — Tons of soil is being removed from a westside Detroit park as part of a storm water retention project to reduce flooding in streets and basements during periods of heavy rainfall. The project at Rouge Park is expected to capture nearly 100 million gallons of storm water each year, alleviating pressure on the city’s combined sewer system, Detroit Water and Sewerage Deputy Director and Chief Engineer Palencia Mobley said on Wednesday, Oct. 6. READ MORE: GM Sets To Double Revenue, Lead US In Electric Vehicle SalesThe system will be designed to capture rain runoff from streets around 1,200 homes. Storm water will be stored in two basins and filter naturally before being discharged into the nearby Rouge River. Some neighborhoods around the park have endured chronic flooding for years, including in late June when six or more inches of rain fell on the Detroit area in less than 24 hours. Thousands of basements flooded in the city and across parts of southeastern Michigan. Cars and SUVs stuck in high water were abandoned on flooded freeways and many streets...
    (CNN)Hurricane hunters have been flying inside hurricanes for more than 50 years, collecting data. They've been tossed around and risked their lives for the sake of hurricane research and keeping communities safe.Now they have a new partner, which will be on the water with eyes inside the storm from sea level. Yes, riding the waves beneath major hurricanes, experiencing conditions on the sea no human could endure. Watching the video even makes my stomach turn, and I don't even get seasick. In a world first, a @saildrone has captured video from inside a hurricane.The Saildrone battled Hurricane #Sams 50-ft waves and 120+ mph winds to collect critical scientific data and give us a brand new view of one of earth's most destructive forces. https://t.co/vWHJUo1y2r pic.twitter.com/gO22wBhua2— NOAA Research (@NOAAResearch) September 30, 2021 It's called a Saildrone, and its technology has reinvented the way we see the inside of hurricanes. Saildrone, Inc. has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to better study hurricanes and the environment around them. Read More"What drives the intensity of the hurricanes is the transfer...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Despite the current severe drought conditions across California, a storm drain near U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose seems to be filling with thousands of gallons of fresh water that are simply going to waste. There hasn’t been a storm in San Jose for many months. But even so, the storm drain is full of fresh, clear water where it mixes with street debris and flows in an unending stream down the drain. READ MORE: California COVID Vaccinations, Infection Rates Follow Political Divide“I could hear it before I got to it,” said San Jose plumber Rogelio Carrasco, who knows something about leaking water. He heard the torrent while riding his bike recently and investigated. He told KPIX he was upset to discover what he called a steady flow of wasted water. Decals painted on the side of the storm drain say it flows to the bay. “In the middle of a drought, all this water being wasted is what caught my attention. And why is it not being put to good use?” he asked. KPIX...
    RAPID VIENNA fans attempted to storm the West Ham section of the crowd as violence broke out in the Europa League clash at the London Stadium. The Austrian supporters reacted to Declan Rice firing the Hammers into a 28th minute lead. 1Violent clashes West Ham's opening Europa League game at their London StadiumCredit: PA That is a brilliant team goal from West Ham! ????Declan Rice scores again in the Europa League, but its all about the control and pass from Michail Antonio... ????Lovely stuff!#UEL pic.twitter.com/vY1Mgj4z8c— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 30, 2021 A large number from the visiting end jumped the barriers and tried to get amongst the home section. Trouble had been simmering between the two rival fans from even before kick off. The visiting support began antagonising West Ham fans prior to a light show which was celebrating the London club's first home game in the Europa League. With the ground in virtual darkness, several water bottles were launched between the two sets of supporters separated by a three metre gap in the corner of the ground....
    BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Millions of dollars in flooding fixes were ushered in Tuesday on Long Island. Homeowners and businesses had been begging for relief from dangerous storms, including Hurricane Ida. READ MORE: New Study Shows Certain Nasal Sprays Used To Treat Allergies May Protect Against Severe COVID-19Ginger and Peter Murphy say only an act of God saved them from Ida’s wrath. “We’re happy to be alive,” Ginger Murphy said. Long Island Rail Road commuters barely escaped the onslaught, and homes were crippled during the historic storm. “with Ida and the literally unprecedented amount of rainfall that we had … We had mud slides. We had flooding where it never happened before,” Nassau County executive Laura Curran said. Now, new flood mitigation projects are kicking off as Nassau County takes advantage of state grants to protect South Shore homes and businesses. “Thousand percent, this is going to stop any inundation of the rising sea levels … You could drive a boat down grand avenue,” said Erik Mahler, president of the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. Twenty million dollars in infrastructure improvements...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall early on September 14 along the Texas Coast. At the time, the Category 1 hurricane dumped more than a foot of rain. Tuesday morning Governor Greg Abbott posted social media messages saying the state had, “… deployed swift-water boats, helicopters and high profile vehicles to help local authorities with recue efforts.” READ MORE: Apple Issues Urgent iPhone Software Update After Spyware Threat Discovered Texas has deployed swift-water boats, helicopters & high profile vehicles to help local authorities with rescue efforts arising from flooding & high winds. Emergency shelters have been set up for residents who might be displaced by #HurricaneNicholas. https://t.co/596k1t8cRA — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 14, 2021 READ MORE: As Texas Governor Greg Abbott Commits To Eliminating Rapists The State Has More Than 5000 Untested Rape Kits Nicholas made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 15 miles south-southwest of Houston, with maximum winds of 60 mph as of 7 a.m. CDT Tuesday, according to the National...
    Many people spotted vibrantly green water flowing along the Broad Branch section of Rock Creek earlier Sunday. And while the photos populating Twitter may have made it seem as if the water had turned into some kind of toxic sludge, D.C. Water said it was nothing to worry about. Meanwhile in the Creek https://t.co/e0AIY6Mo3p pic.twitter.com/aV203WIRc5 — PoPville (@PoPville) September 12, 2021 After a number of concerned calls to D.C. Fire and EMS, the water utility used Twitter to say the dyed-green water was related to a floodwater test. D.C. Water’s post said “the dye will dissipate and is harmless,” and it had used the dye to trace the water’s flow in the storm sewer system. It was our dye test. Our Sewer Operations team is following up on flooding in the 3900 block of Military Road during a recent storm, investigating the link between a drain in the neighborhood and the storm sewer infrastructure. The dye will dissipate and is harmless. — DC Water (@dcwater) September 12, 2021 D.C. Water noted its sewer operations team was working to...
    On any given day, surfers are paddling out near the San Clemente Pier to catch waves, a popular seaside destination that also draws locals and tourists who splash around in the saltwater. But in those waters is something that’s not supposed to be there: human DNA, aka human waste. City officials are trying to solve the mystery of where it is coming from so they can prevent the contaminants from ever hitting the sea. Officials have been grappling with pier pollution for years – it’s been on the city’s radar big time since 2015 and made headlines when San Clemente appeared on Heal the Bay’s Beach Bummer list in 2017 and for several years following. In 2019, the city contracted with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions to do a “Pier Bacteria Source Characterization Study” and formed a task force to spearhead figuring out why its ocean water was so dirty. When testing came back showing avian DNA present around the pier, the city put up netting to control roosting under the pier. That seemed to get the problem somewhat under...
    (CNN)As the US watched Hurricane Ida barrel its way toward Louisiana's coast last month, state officials had already sounded the alarm.New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell was imploring residents to leave. Other towns issued mandatory evacuations. Thousands of soldiers and airmen from the state's National Guard had been mobilized. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was predicting the storm would be among the strongest hurricanes to hit the state in more than a century.The storm made landfall near Port Fourchon on August 29 as a Category 4 hurricane, before eventually weakening to a tropical depression. Its hit was deadly -- claiming the lives of at least 22 people across Louisiana and Mississippi, destroying businesses and neighborhoods and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.New York City was never built to withstand a deluge like the one Ida delivered. It showed.Yet the storm spared the Gulf states the kind of death toll officials feared they'd face on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.Instead, it continued trekking inland, making its way to the Northeast, where it delivered another round of misery, flooding streets, homes...
    MANVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — President Joe Biden made his way around Manville on Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the destruction caused by last week’s powerful storms. “Thank God you’re safe. That’s the most important thing. We’ll help you rebuild,” Biden said. As Alice Gainer reported, he met the Dommar family, which spoke to CBS2 last Friday. They were there picking up the pieces after their home exploded. Hours before, they had evacuated with their 4-month-old baby. Firefighters were called back to the scene Tuesday night to douse additional hot spots that popped up — almost a week later. READ MORE: Nightmare In Manville, N.J. As Homes And A Business Explode In Ida’s Aftermath; Family Grateful To Be Alive Earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy and other local leaders met with the president. “The losses that we witnessed today are profound,” Biden said. “Dozens of lost lives, homes destroyed in Manville, including by gas leaks triggered by the flooding. “My thoughts are with all those families affected by the storms and all those families who lost someone they love,” he added. Walking...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – What was supposed to be typical game of catch, led a group of West Miami-Dade neighborhood kids to a drain with an unusual surprise. “We were playing catch and this guy over here threw a bad throw and it rolled into the storm drain. And I go, ‘Oh, Luis, look a turtle. And then he came running and he goes no its moving,” recalled Javier Alvarez. READ MORE: Loved Ones Asking For Help Finding Adult With Special Needs Both Alvarez and Luis Fernandez say they jumped back. “And I said, ‘That’s not a turtle!’ And he realized it was a gator,” Fernandez said. The alligator was the new friend found in the neighborhood on Friday, and he was not a little guy. “We were first saying it was f4 feet but now they are saying it is 9 feet.” The gator was believed to be 9 feet long. (Courtesy of Ed Filomia) The gator that was trapped with nowhere to go left those in the neighborhood worried but also amazed. Both Fernandez and Alvarez said they would...
    MANVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — President Joe Biden made his way around Manville on Tuesday to get a first-hand look at the destruction caused by last week’s powerful storms. “Thank God you’re OK. That’s the most important thing. We’ll help you rebuild,” Biden said. He met the Dommar family, who CBS2 reported on last Friday. They were there picking up the pieces after their home exploded. Hours before, they had evacuated with their 4-month-old baby. READ MORE: Nightmare In Manville, N.J. As Homes And A Business Explode In Ida’s Aftermath; Family Grateful To Be Alive Earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy and other local leaders met with the president. Thank you @POTUS for visiting New Jersey to see Tropical Storm Ida devastation firsthand. We have families to help get back into their homes, businesses to help get back on their feet, and roads to repair. We’re grateful for the President’s full support in these efforts. pic.twitter.com/0AgB9Y4NYc — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) September 7, 2021 Currently, six counties in New Jersey qualify for the major disaster declaration federal money. Elizabeth in Union County, where...
    U.S. President Joe Biden pushed for climate control measures Tuesday as he took a firsthand look at widespread damage in parts of the states of New York and New Jersey from last week’s flooding rains and tornadoes spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. At a briefing in an emergency center in New Jersey, Biden warned that all parts of the United States are endangered by climate change and focused attention on infrastructure legislation he supports that is now pending before Congress. “We’re now living in real time what the country is going to look like,” Biden said during a roundtable discussion, flanked by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell. “We can’t turn it back very much, but we can prevent it from getting worse,” Biden said, adding, “We’ve got to make sure that we don’t leave any community behind.” Biden on Monday approved major disaster declarations for the parts of New York and New Jersey hardest hit by the storm last week, freeing up financial assistance from the national government. The aid...
    U.S. President Joe Biden is traveling Tuesday to New York and New Jersey to survey damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that brought flooding rains and tornados to the region. Biden on Monday approved major disaster declarations for the parts of New York and New Jersey hardest hit by the storm last week, freeing up financial assistance from the national government.      The aid will be available for businesses and individuals in six New Jersey counties and five in New York, where record rainfall swelled rivers, overwhelmed drainage and sewage systems and flooded many roadways, homes and stores.     FILE - Cars and trucks are stranded by high water, Sept. 2, 2021, on the Major Deegan Expressway in Bronx borough of New York as high water left behind by Hurricane Ida still stands on the highway hours later.The storm killed at least 50 people in six Eastern states, including 27 in New Jersey and 13 in New York, after leaving a trail of devastation and killing at least 12 others in the southern state of Louisiana, 2,100 kilometers away, where the hurricane...
    “Everything on the first shelf is ruined, I mean these books are basically putrefying by this point,” Ed Grosvenor of Rockville, Md. said, staring at one of his bookshelves. Among the books he lost, was one signed by former president Theodore Roosevelt, and several first edition books which give first hand stories about America’s founding fathers. WTOP/Mike Murillo Currently, Ed Grosvenor and his wife are working around the clock to figure out what can be saved, but he fears what this will mean for the future of the online magazine. WTOP/Mike Murillo For historian Edwin Grosvenor, when a quick wall of water inundated his basement, it took with it many priceless books and pieces of art, which he uses to tell America’s story. WTOP/Mike Murillo Weeks before the storm, Ed Grosvenor had moved items from his mother’s home and his son’s belongings into the basement. Many of those items now sit in large trash bags in his backyard. WTOP/Mike Murillo (1/4) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via...