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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Winter Storms Cause Widespread Flooding in California

By Donna Conneely After destructive wildfires ravaged large swaths of Southern California last summer, all those living close to the burn areas immediately began to fear large rainstorms. This may seem counter-intuitive; wouldn't rain help heal the burned zones and begin the process of re-forestation? While it is true that rain is sorely needed in…
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