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By the numbers: The record-setting flood in New Brunswick, Canada - due to snow melt

Darlings Island, N.B., where the Kennebecasis River has flooded the only road into the community.
© Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press
Darlings Island, N.B., where the Kennebecasis River has flooded the only road into the community.
Some key numbers Friday from flooded New Brunswick:

306,000: Sandbags distributed so far across the province.

100: Tonnes of sand used so far.

Comment: Part of a report on Floodlist states:
Water levels in rivers began to increase throughout the province from 23 April as a result of continuous snow melt. Flooding has affected areas across New Brunswick over the last 5 days, causing damage to properties and closing 80 roads and bridges, including part of the Trans-Canada highway between Moncton and Fredericton.

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Unexpected flood hits Ankara, Turkey - vehicles float down streets

Turkey's capital Ankara was hit Saturday by a sudden flood, which was caused by heavy rainfall in the central Anatolian province.

The flood dragged dozens of vehicles from the streets in Ankara's Mamak district.

Videos showing a man desperately sitting on top of his car, while the flood washed away several vehicles in Mamak's Boğaziçi neighborhood were proof of the unexpected natural disaster.

The man was reportedly later rescued and only slightly injured.


Heavy rainfall for May causes flooding in Sardinia, Italy - 4 times monthly average in 2 days

Floods in Nuoro Province, Sardinia, 02 May 2018
© Vigili del Fuoco
Floods in Nuoro Province, Sardinia, 02 May 2018
Two days of heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in Sardinia, Italy. Around 100 people have been evacuated from their homes. In the last 48 hours some areas have recorded over 150 mm of rain - more than four times the average monthly total for May.

Schools have been closed in several areas of the island due to the bad weather. Flooding and landslides have closed roads in the Municipality of Villacidro and near Cagliari.

Two families were evacuated as a precaution in Villacidro, South Sardinia Province. Around 100 people (20 families) have been evacuated in Torpé in Nuoro Province as a precaution due to rising levels of the Posada river.

Firefighters were called to over 60 interventions in Cagliari and surrounding areas. Emergency services also rescued farm workers who were stranded by flooding in Nuoro Province.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: French climate returning to Little Ice Age conditions

bank o f snow
The signs for the third year in a row now point to France showing the fastest signs of cooling than other countries around Europe. 27 feet of snow will keep slopes open into June, mountain rescues because of surprise winter storm in May. Reduced production of vineyard grapes, wheat and fruit.

Comment: Is the Gulf Stream about to collapse and is the new ice age coming sooner than scientists think?

Some related articles from the past month in France include:

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Flooding in Somalia affects 500,000 people

The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought
© UN
The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appealed to the international community to support efforts to help 500,000 people affected by the floods that has displaced close to 175,000 from their homes.

Mohamed who visited Somalia's central region of HirShabelle to assess the impact of flooding on Monday said his government was taking action to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the floods.

"We have formed a national disaster committee to respond to the needs of our fellow citizens who have been affected," he said in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.

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Storm in Buenos Aires, Argentina leaves 2 dead, hundreds displaced

© Cristian Ritondo ‏
A fierce storm struck areas around Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 28 to 29 April 2018. During the storm some areas recorded over 110 mm of rain and wind gusts of 130 km/h. At least 2 people have died and 1,200 evacuated.

Some areas saw more than a month's worth of rain fall in 24 hours. Rivers and streams overflowed, flooding parts of the city forcing hundreds from their homes. The Luján River broke it banks in Pilar, and overflowing streams caused flooding in the districts of La Matanza, Quilmes, Padre Varela de Luján and Lomas de Zamora.

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World's first trillion-$ natural disaster: California's next megaflood would be worse than 8 Hurricane Katrinas

Car in flood
© REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Worse than the 1906 earthquake. Worse than eight Hurricane Katrinas. Worse than every wildfire in California history, combined. The world's first trillion-dollar natural disaster.

A wintertime megaflood in California could turn out to be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history by far, and we are making it much more likely, according to an alarming study published this week in Nature Climate Change.

The odds are good that such a flood will happen in the next 40 years, the study says. By the end of the century, it's a near certainty. (And then another one hits, and another - three such storms are possible by 2100). By juicing the atmosphere, extreme West Coast rainstorms will happen at five times their historical rate, if humanity continues on roughly a business-as-usual path, the new research predicts.

The study's lead author, Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a lifelong Californian, says the best way to understand what we're doing to California's weather is to think of earthquakes.

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Ice jams cause flooding for central and northern Alberta communities

Ice jams on the Peace River near Fort Vermilion on Saturday.
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Ice jams on the Peace River near Fort Vermilion on Saturday.
Flooding continues to plague parts of central and northern Alberta, with more evacuations issued in Woodlands County and park areas of Grande Prairie.

A critical alert due to high water levels and flooding remains in effect for Woodlands County, around 150 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. Six homes were evacuated a few kilometres east of Fort Assiniboine due to high water levels, Woodlands County spokesman Luke Mercier said Sunday morning.

Ice jams on the Athabasca River have created the high water levels, which have risen rapidly in the Pride Valley area.

Aerial footage Saturday shows severe flooding over Flats Road near Whitecourt in Woodlands County, where 10 people were forced to leave their homes on Saturday.

The road remains closed due to localized flooding.

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At least 6 killed after flash floods in Algeria

Algeria floods
© YouTube/Фобос (screen capture)
Six people including two children were killed in 48 hours as flash floods swept away their cars in heavy rainfall over northwest Algeria, rescue services announced on Thursday.

Civil defence spokesperson Colonel Farouk Achour told AFP the children and a man died when a wadi flooded late Wednesday in the Tiaret region, 330km southwest of Algiers.

One of the children was earlier reported as missing.

Three other people drowned on Tuesday night when a river burst its banks in El-Bayadh, 800 kilometres southwest of the capital.

Emergency services said they carried out several rescue operations for Tiaret residents stranded in their homes or cars and at a school in the neighbouring region of Tissemsilt.

Comment: Some other flood related articles from this week include:

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With nearly 50 inches in 24 hours, Hawaii may have broken the US rainfall record

Record flooding in Hawaii
© The Weather Channel
A location in the Aloha State may have shattered an all-time 24-hour rainfall record for the U.S.

The incredible rainfall event place in mid-April in Hawaii. A site in northern Kauai, Waipa, recorded 49.69 inches in the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. April 15 (local time).

Data from this gauge will be carefully reviewed by the National Climatic Extremes Committee to determine whether this instrument is reliable enough to accept as a new U.S. record.

The current U.S. 24-hour rainfall record is 43 inches at Alvin, Texas, from July 25-26, 1979, during Tropical Storm Claudette.

If this recent event of almost 50 inches is certified, this would also break the current state 24-hour rainfall record for Hawaii, which is 38 inches at Kilauea on Jan. 24-25, 1956.

The National Weather Service office in Honolulu noted that the rain gauge where this new data was downloaded from "is operated by the Waipa Foundation which is a non-profit organization. Data from the gauge are not telemetered for real-time display and are used for watershed modeling and monitoring studies."

Comment: The world is seeing a rapid upsurge in extreme weather according to a recent report. For more information on these events from around the world, check out our Earth Changes Summaries. The latest video: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

To understand how and why these extreme weather events are occurring read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.