Changes in Landscapes and Buildings Could Help Fight Flooding

( TNS) – A curbside garden filled with native plants that attract and feed bees and butterflies. Roofs covered with plants that slow the flow of water. Barrels and tanks that collect the rain pouring off rooftops. Water quality experts believe that these types of landscape and design features, known as low-impact development, or LID, […]

With Texas Building Boom Comes Higher Flood Risk

(TNS) – The workers watched as a construction crane lowered the concrete beams, 41,000 pounds each, and laid them one-by-one across the bridge bearings that span French Creek at Prue Road, for years a problematic low-water crossing on San Antonio’s booming Northwest Side. By day’s end, all 45 beams would be in place, part of […]

Rising Seas, Rising Stakes: R.I. Researchers Project Future Flooding

(TNS) – On his laptop computer, Grover Fugate, director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, opens up a 3D map of the potential flooding damage to buildings on Conimicut Point in Warwick if a storm like Hurricane Carol in 1954 were to strike again. The buildings are color-coded in shades starting with green, […]

Hurricane Matthew put N.C., Regional Medical Center to Test

(TNS) – For more than a week before Hurricane Matthew’s Oct. 8 arrival in Robeson County, N.C.,staff at Southeastern Health were closely monitoring the storm’s uncertain path. “The last prediction we had Friday was that we might see 5 to 6 inches of rain,” said Joann Anderson, president and CEO of Southeastern Health, which operates […]

Four Colorado Counties Gain Access to Search and Rescue Drone

(TNS) — CREEDE, Colo. — Few places in the state are as mountainous and rugged as Mineral County. The terrain in the county just west of the San Luis Valley is an alluring destination for hikers, hunters, snowmobilers and backcountry skiers. But those mountains also can make for difficult search and rescue missions, especially if […]

Hurricane Matthew Clean-up Costs Could Lead to a County Property Tax Increase

(TNS) – Hurricane Matthew clean-up costs are expected to take a big bite out of Beaufort, S.C., County’s cash reserves and could ultimately lead to a property tax increase. Preliminary figures estimate the recovery effort will cost the county roughly $17.5 million. But that number is “very, very estimated” and expected to grow significantly, county […]

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