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US: Summer Floods Threaten Record Levels as Rain Predicted

With rivers still running above flood stage and soils saturated, forecasters predicted on Wednesday this summer flooding season could rival the worst in United States history.

In the "Great Flood of 1993," record-breaking floods from April to August cost more than $25 billion in damages in at least nine states.

But due to current high water levels and soaked soil, just a small amount of rain could trigger more flooding in areas that have already seen record flooding this 2011 season, the National Weather Service reported Wednesday.

These factors indicate the flooding threat will continue through the summer, and potentially rival the flood of nearly two decades ago.

"There is nowhere for any additional water to go," Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's NWS Jack Hayes said in the NOAA statement. "While unusual for this time of year, all signs point to the flood threat continuing."

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Colorado, US: Flood Damages Buildings in Vail

Mud, water create big cleanup job, do minimal damage

A combination of rainfall, snowmelt and crumbling debris dams pushed Middle Creek in Vail out of its banks Tuesday, causing minor flooding at two lodges and two town buildings.

The Vail Library was closed Wednesday so crews could clean mud and water from the floors. Town crews were also cleaning mud from the entryway and the ice sheet at Dobson Ice Arena.

Meanwhile, maintenance crews were cleaning the pool and some of the conference rooms at the Evergreen Lodge, as well as the parking garages at the Lodge at Lionshead.

While none of the condos were damaged, guests at the Lodge at Lionshead spent a mostly-sleepless night Tuesday.

"We asked a couple of people to move out of their units, and the cars were moved out of the underground parking garages," Joy Dunham, of the Lodge at Lionshead, said. "As water continued to flow into the garages, one had water almost knee-deep before the flooding started to subside around midnight."

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Torrential Rains Continue to Wreak Havoc in China

© The News International
The western part of the of Sichuan Basin and the northeastern part of the southwest China's Sichuan Province had been hit by a three-day continuous downpour.

Cities such as Bazhong and Guangyuan in northeastern Sichuan suffered most, with a precipitation over 300 millimeters at some areas during the new round of heavy rainfall.

The water level was recorded at 368.20 meters at a hydrometric station in Bazhong on Wednesday, 5.27 up from the alarm level.

Statistics of the Sichuan Provincial Command Center for Flood Control and Earthquake Relief show that 1.5 million people had been affected, with two dead and six missing, in 21 counties of cities of Guangyuan, Mianyan, Suining and Bazhong, by 20:00 on Wednesday.

More than 170,000 people had been evacuated and 10,000 houses were destroyed by torrential rain.

Mudslides triggered by the heavy rain had caused damages to a bridge on National Highway No. 212 and National Highway No. 317. Road traffic was suspended due to blocks on two provincial highways.

Life Preserver

Omaha, Nebraska: Missouri River Flooding Closes Another Nebraska-Iowa Bridge

Missouri River Flood
© Reuters
An aerial view of Missouri River flood waters moving up to an I-29 on ramp in northwest Missouri.
Missouri River flooding closed another bridge on Wednesday morning, with U.S. Highway 30 between Blair, Nebraska, and Interstate 29 in Iowa shut down for 48 hours as crews install flood barriers, officials said.

The closing means that with the exceptions of Omaha and Plattsmouth, Nebraska, crossings between Nebraska and Iowa, all bridges are closed along a 228-mile stretch of the river from Sioux City, Iowa to St. Joseph, Missouri.

Iowa crews are installing giant sandbags along the north side of Highway 30. The south side already has the barrier installed.

Other bridges that have been closed by flooding include Highway 2 from Nebraska City into Iowa, Highway 136 from Brownville, Nebraska, into Missouri, and Highway 159 from Rulo, Nebraska, into Missouri.

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South Carolina, US: Forecast: Heavy rains causing flooding in Pee Dee

Scattered thunderstorms continue in the Pee Dee Tuesday evening. Very heavy downpours and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning are occurring with the storms. Some areas are seeing three inches or more of rain which is causing flooding.

A Flood WARNING is in effect for central Florence and Marion counties until midnight tonight. Flooding is occurring in these areas, especially along and south of Highway 76.

As of 10:00 PM, Progress energy reports 750 customers without power in Marion County and around 560 in Florence County.

The majority of us will remain warm and muggy overnight with a chance for thunderstorms. Temperatures tomorrow will climb to near 90 along the coast with low 90s inland. There is once again a chance of storms tomorrow afternoon. Not everyone will see rain but those who do will likely experience very heavy downpours and frequent lightning.

A large area of high pressure parked in the Atlantic will continue to pump heat and humidity into the region right on through the weekend. The increased humidity also means increased rain chances as we head later into the week.

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Rainstorms in China kill 25 in less than a week

Chinese state media say heavy rains across the country have killed at least 25 people in less than a week.

The deaths add to more than 260 people who were killed or left missing last month from seasonal floods in eastern and southern China.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that seven people have died in Sichuan province since new downpours started last Thursday. They included a villager who was killed Tuesday when a wall collapsed while he was removing water from his yard.

It cited rescuers in northwest Shaanxi province as saying a rain-triggered landslide there killed 18 people on Tuesday.

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US; Shoshone floods campgrounds while storms damage radio towers

© Martin Kidston/Gazette Staff
Portions of Wapiti Campground and others in the North Fork drainage west of Cody remain closed due to flooding of the Shoshone River.

Wapiti, Wyoming - High winds and lightning knocked out two U.S. Forest Service communication towers and flooding along the Shoshone River prompted the agency to close several campgrounds over the weekend.

Wapiti District Ranger Terry Root of the Shoshone National Forest said the campground closures will last another week, as the Shoshone River continues to flood low-lying areas within the drainage.

"We still have numerous camping sites in Wapiti Campground closed because the sites flood at night," said Root. "We had to close Big Game Campground over the weekend, too. The water is flowing through our horse pasture and into the campground."

Bizarro Earth

Philippines: 6 Dead, 4 Injured in Northern Mindanao Landslide, Flashfloods

Cayagan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental - At least six persons were killed due to flashfloods and landslides that occurred in separate areas in Northern Mindanao caused by the continuous heavy rains, last weekend.

Reports reaching the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said two children were buried alive while playing in the vicinity of Purok 11, Barangay Tongantongan, Valencia City, at about 8:00 a.m. of July 4.

Their parents who were in the city some 20 km. from their homes only knew about their plight when they came home in the afternoon. Immediately, the bodies of the victims: Joy Culamar, 7 yrs. Old, female and Roque Santillan, 6 yr. old, male, were retrieved by their respective families and relatives.

At about 8:45a.m., the same day, another landslide occurred in Sitio Hangaron, Lumbayao, also of Valencia City, more than 20 km. from Tongantongan, Director Carmelito A. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Chairperson of the RDRRMC-10, said.

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India: Gangortri-Rishikesh highway closed due to landslide

Dehradun - Many people were stranded at Gangortri-Rishikesh highway as landslides triggered by heavy rain blocked vehicular traffic at Narendranagar in Tehri district of Uttarakhand. The workers were pressed to clear the landslides at Narendranagar where hundreds of vehicles were waiting for the clearance of the road, an official of disaster management department said.

Bizarro Earth

Mexican civil protection authorities confirm 11 dead from Tropical Storm Arlene and aftermath

Mexico City - Mexican authorities have confirmed 11 deaths from Tropical Storm Arlene and the aftermath of floods, mudslides and overflowing rivers in central Mexico and Gulf Coast states.

State civil protection officials say five people in Hidalgo, two young children in Mexico state and a rescue worker and woman in Veracruz were killed. Most died after being buried alive in their homes by mudslides or drowning in heavy currents while trying to cross swollen streams.