Hurricane Harvey Hits Houston, Part 1

By Donna Conneely Anyone landing at the Houston International Airport on a clear day will enjoy a sweeping view of the coastline, as well as the spit of sand called Galveston Island. The Gulf of Mexico looks serene on a day like that, and the beaches look welcoming and bright — even from an altitude…
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Tropical storm Emily overwhelms Miami Beach’s anti-flood system

By Flood Expert The city of Miami Beach is in a very precarious position; the land it perches upon is at once being gobbled by sea level rise, eroded by increasingly vicious and frequent storms, and is sinking due to its sandy and unstable base. The threats facing this city are so dire that it…
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Historic Ellicott City: One Year after the Flood

By Donna Conneely As we approach the one-year anniversary of the historic floods that wiped out the quaint Main Street business district of Ellicott City, Maryland; a visit to the area reveals much progress, but also evidence of lives changed forever. Two lives were lost during that horrible flood, which occurred on July 30, 2016.…
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Tiny Nevada Town Flooded by Failed Dam

By Donna Conneely In early February a Nevada earthen dam failed and caused major flooding, in spite of the fact that the dam had passed an inspection just months before. The dam did not pass the inspection with flying colors, however, and the participating hydro-engineers produced a list of recommendations for improvements that did not…
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