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Mississippi town evacuated after train derailment spills flammable chemicals

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Dozens of families were forced from their southeastern Mississippi homes Friday after a train derailed, tipping over cars carrying fuel oil and methanol and causing officials to grow concerned about another potentially deadly chemical spill.

The Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles announced that the train, which was traveling from Jackson, Miss. To Mobile, Ala., ran off the tracks at 9 A.M. local time (10 A.M. EST) and that no one was hurt in the incident outside New Augusta.

The approximately 50 people living within a half-mile radius of the accident were evacuated, though, because the train was hauling an ethanol-based product that spilled. Surrounding highways were also shutdown as a precaution because of ethanol’s high flammability. Between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons were spilled, according to local estimates.

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Hungary: Budapest flood averted after Danube recedes, but severe storm expected. – 100613 0850z

Lapozzunk lefel a magyar fordts

Budapest’s embrace of the Danube, which normally bisects Budapest as a gently rolling swath of silver, turned threatening on Sunday when the river spilled over its banks and claimed the Hungarian capital as the latest victim of record floods in central and Eastern Europe.

An unusually wet spring has swollen the Danube, the Elbe and several of their tributaries across Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary, forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes, disrupting rail and road traffic, and causing damage that preliminary estimates have predicted will reach several billion euros.

The authorities in Budapest had declared a state of emergency last Tuesday, anticipating that water level would reach record highs in the north of the country.

The Danube was expected to peak at 8.95 metres Sunday night or Monday morning.

Hungary deployed 7,000 soldiers supported by several thousand volunteers to reinforce dikes along the river.

Hungarian state television showed Prime Minister Viktor Orban at work near the city of Esztergom, north of Budapest.

“The flood is approaching the heart of the country, Budapest,” Orban told reporters Sunday.

“The next two days will be decisive, because the danger will affect the place where the largest number of people live and the most valuables are at risk.”

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Budapest flood averted after Danube recedes


Budapest averted the worst of the floods that caused devastation elsewhere in central Europe, as flood defences held firm, with the Danube starting to recede early Monday (local time) after reaching a historic high.

“We have no reports of any catastrophic situation, the situation is normalising,” Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos told a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban early Monday.

The same was true of the rest of the country, where no casualties or serious injuries have been caused by the floods that has been dubbed Europe’s worst in a decade.

“Budapest should be out of danger by Wednesday, and hopes to present a faultless record – no deaths or injuries due to the flood,” Orban said.

The focus of defence efforts now moved to high-risk locations in the south of the country, he added.

Residents evacuated as a precaution from villages in northwest Hungary could begin moving back from Tuesday, Orban said. Around 1400 people have been evacuated nationwide since Thursday.

The Danube in Budapest reached a historic peak of 8.91 metres on Sunday evening, topping the previous record of 8.60 metres in 2006.

Early Monday, the level began to fall however, reaching 8.88 metres by 0600 GMT, according to Tarlos.

Anti-flood barriers along the most threatened areas in the city held firm, he said.

Roads running along the Danube have been closed since Wednesday due to flooding. The main road connecting the capital to the flood-hit areas in the northwest was also still cut off.

“The biggest problem we have at the moment is traffic jams”, Tarlos said, urging people not to use their cars but to opt for public transport instead.” – news.smh.com.au

Thousands flee flood-hit parts of Germany and Hungary


Thousands have had to leave their homes, as Stephen Evans reports

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Some 23,000 people were forced to leave their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the flood-swollen River Elbe.

Although water levels in Magdeburg were reported to be subsiding on Monday, other parts of the state of Saxony-Anhalt remain under threat.

In Hungary, 1,200 people had to leave their homes but in the capital Budapest flood defences appear to have held.

At least 18 people have died in the floods in Central Europe.

Analysts say the damage will cost billions of euros to clean up.

The authorities in Germany are investigating an anonymous letter threatening attacks on several dams.

The motive behind the threats is not known, but the threat is being taken seriously, says the BBC’s Stephen Evans in Berlin.


With levels on the Danube peaking, the mayor of Budapest sought to reassure the city’s inhabitants and said leaking dykes had been fixed.

“Budapest is not at risk of a catastrophe, the level is not expected to rise significantly,” Istvan Tarlos said.

Firefighters and volunteers in Nagymaros lay sandbags to keep the flood waters at bay

Along more than 700km (470 miles) of the River Danube, thousands of people, including many volunteers and even convicts from the prisons, worked to reinforce earth and sandbag barriers,

More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes along the river, although no flood-related deaths have yet been reported in Hungary.

In Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt state, more than 23,000 people left their homes on Sunday as flood waters rose to 7.44m (24ft), nearly four times higher than normal (2m).

Some 700 soldiers worked to build a dam of sandbags around a power sub-station in the badly-hit area of Rothensee in a bid to keep the power on.

The Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that flood water levels had fallen slightly in Magdeburg itself on Monday, but other parts of Saxony-Anhalt are still under threat after days of heavy rain weakened flood defences.

The 8,000-population town of Aken and its neighbouring villages were evacuated after a dam on the Elbe river burst on Saturday, the police said.

Another dam is in danger, reports the regional broadcaster MDR, and more evacuations may have to take place.

German President Joachim Gauck visited the flood-stricken city of Halle, near Magdeburg, and paid tribute to the way its inhabitants had coped.

“It is fantastic to see how different people get together to help others. And you notice that many of them are exhausted, but they are happy and it seems to motivate them,” Mr Gauck said.

The flood crest is expected to reach northern Germany in the coming days.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a crisis meeting with leaders of Germany’s regions on how to share the bill for the disaster, the Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper reported.

“We’re dealing with a national catastrophe,” Gerda Hasselfeldt, an MP with Mrs Merkel’s Christian Social Union (CSU), was quoted as saying.


Budapest battles the rising waters of the Danube

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With the Danube river close to peak level in Budapest, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he would ask parliament to extend the state of emergency on Monday June 10.

Authorities and volunteers used hundreds of thousands of sandbags to bolster dykes and protect the capital.

Across Hungary, at least 1,200 people were evacuated and more than 40 roads closed.

The city of Visegrad is in a critical position, close to the Danube Bend.

LászlĂł Cseke, the city’s Protection Director told euronews: “If we succeed in protection, we can’t say we won, it would be silly. We have to live with this beautiful river and we have to adapt ourselves to it.”

Access to several towns was already blocked on Sunday June 9.

Euronews’ Andrea Hoyogos reported from Visegrad: “The village of Kisoroszi, not far from here, is now completely cut off. It can’t even be reached by boat anymore, as the road that leads to the boat terminal is flooded.”

Hungarians try to stem flood waters in Nagymaros

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Published on 9 Jun 2013

Emergency services and volunteers in Hungary are working hard to keep the River Danube at bay as water levels reach record heights.

Widespread flooding in central Europe has inundated swathes of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, killing at least 15 people.

Nick Thorpe reports from Nagymaros, north of Budapest, where sandbags are being piled high to prevent flooding.

Hungary floods Record high floods in Budapest

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Hungary prepares for record floods

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Published on 8 Jun 2013

Hungarians have been warned to prepare for their worst ever floods, with the Danube set to reach record levels.

A state of emergency has been declared and thousands of volunteers have been working to reinforce the banks of the swelling river.

Widespread flooding in central Europe has hit parts of Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, killing at least 15 people.

Hungarian (Google translation) Magyar (Google fordts)

Budapest lelsben a Duna, amely ltalban felezi Budapest egy lanks rendet ezst fordult fenyegető vasrnap, amikor a foly tterjedtek a bankok s azt lltotta, a magyar fővrosban, mint a legjabb ldozata a rekord rvizek Kzp-s Kelet-Eurpban.

Egy szokatlanul nedves tavasz duzzadt a Duna, az Elba s tbb a mellkfolyk kztt Ausztriban, a Cseh Kztrsasgban, Nmetorszgban s Magyarorszgon, arra knyszertve tbb tzezer ember, hogy hagyjk el otthonaikat, megzavarva a vasti s a kzti kzlekeds, s krt okoz, hogy az előzetes becslsek mr előre is elrheti a tbb millird eurt.

A hatsgok Budapesten is kihirdette a rendkvli mlt kedden, arra szmtva, hogy a vz szintje elri rekordokat rt az orszg szaki rszn.

A Duna vrhatan a cscs 8,95 mter vasrnap este vagy htfő reggel.

Tartozik teleptett 7000 katona tmogatta tbb ezer nkntes megerőstse tltsek a foly mentn.

Magyar Televzi mutatott Orbn Viktor miniszterelnk a munka kzel a vros Esztergom, Budapesttől szakra.

“Az rvz kzeledik az az orszg szve, Budapest,” Orbn Viktor azt mondta jsgrknak vasrnap.

“A kvetkező kt nap dntő lesz, mert a veszly befolysolja a hely, ahol a legtbb ember l, s a legnagyobb rtkek veszlyben vannak.”

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Budapest rvz utn elhrult Duna visszahzdik

“Budapest elhrult a legrosszabb az rvz okozta pusztts msutt Kzp-Eurpban, rvzvdelem tartott cg, a Duna kezd visszahzdni korai htfő (helyi idő szerint) elrse utn a trtnelmi magas.

“Nincs jelents olyan katasztroflis helyzetben, a helyzet normalizlsa,” budapesti főpolgrmester Tarls Istvn azt mondta egy kzs sajttjkoztatn a magyar miniszterelnk Orbn Viktor mr htfőn.

Ugyanez igaz a tbbi orszg, ahol nincs srlt vagy slyos srlsek okozta az rvz, amelyet nevezte Eurpa legrosszabb egy vtizede.

“Budapest legyen a veszlyen a szerda, s remli, hogy a hibtlan rekord – nem halleset vagy srls miatt az rvz,” Orbn Viktor mondta.

A hangsly a vdelmi erőfesztsek most kltztt a magas kockzat helyeken a az orszg dli rszn, tette hozz.

Lakosok evakultak elővigyzatossgbl a falu szaknyugat-Magyarorszg azt kezdeni mozog vissza kedd, Orbn mondta. Mintegy 1400 embert kellett kitelepteni orszgszerte cstrtk ta.

A Duna budapesti elrte a trtnelmi cscsot 8,91 mter vasrnap este, cscsn a korbbi rekordot a 8,60 mter 2006.

Korai htfő, a szint kezdett esni azonban elrte 8,88 mter 0600 GMT szerint Tarls.

Anti-rvzvdelmi gtak mentn a legveszlyeztetettebb terletek a vrosban tartott cg, mondta.

Utak fut a Duna mentn mr bezrt, mivel szerda miatt rvz. A fő sszektő t a fővros, hogy az rvz sjtotta terleteken az szaknyugati is mindig le.

“A legnagyobb problma, hogy mr abban a pillanatban a forgalmi dugkat”, Tarls azt mondta, srgetve az embereket, hogy ne hasznljk az autjukat, hanem a tmegkzlekedst vlasztja helyette. “- News.smh.com.au
Ezrek meneklnek az rvz sjtotta rszein Nmetorszg s Magyarorszg

BBC jnius 10, 2013 Utoljra frisstve 08:15 BST (0715z GMT / UTC)

Ezrek el kellett hagyniuk otthonaikat, mint Stephen Evans jelentsek

Folytatdik olvas a fő trtnet
Kapcsold trtnetek

Kpekben: radsok sjtottk tartozik
Counting kltsge nmet rvizek
Nmetek evakultak tltsek sznet

Mintegy 23.000 ember volt knytelen elhagyni otthont, a kelet-nmet vros Magdeburg utn gtszakads az rvzi duzzadt Elba.

Br a vz szintje a Magdeburg jelentettk, hogy subsiding htfőn, ms rszein a Szszorszg-Anhalt is veszly fenyegeti.

Magyarorszgon, 1200 embert kellett hagyniuk otthonaikat, de a fővros, Budapest rvzvdelem gy tűnik, hogy tartani.

Legalbb 18 ember halt meg a kzp-eurpai rvizek.

Elemzők szerint a kr tbb millird eurs kltsget, hogy tiszttsk meg.

A hatsgok Nmetorszgban vizsgljk egy nvtelen levelet fenyegető tmadsok tbb gtak.

Az oka az, fenyegetsek nem ismert, de a fenyegets nem veszik komolyan, mondja a BBC Stephen Evans Berlinben.


A szint a Duna tetőzik, a polgrmester a Budapest igyekezett megnyugtatni a vros laki, s azt mondta szivrg gtak mr rgztettk.

“Budapest nem fenyegeti a katasztrfa, a szint vrhatan nem emelkedik jelentősen,” Tarls Istvn mondta.

Tűzoltk s nkntesek Nagymaros laikus homokzskokat, hogy a rvz sakkban

Mellett tbb, mint 700 km (470 mrfld), a Duna, tbb ezer ember, kztk sok nkntes, sőt eltli a brtnk, dolgozott, hogy megerőstse fld s homokzsk akadlyokat,

Tbb mint 1200 embert kellett kitelepteni otthonaikbl a foly mentn, de nincs rvzzel kapcsolatos hallesetet mg nem szmoltak be haznkban.

A Magdeburg, a fővros a Szsz-Anhalt llam, tbb mint 23.000 ember hagyta el otthont a vasrnap, mint rvz emelkedett 7.44m (24Ft), majdnem ngyszer magasabb, mint a norml (2m).

Mintegy 700 katona dolgozott, hogy ptsenek egy gt a homokzskot krl erő al-lloms, a rosszul sjtotta terlet Rothensee egy ajnlatot, hogy tartsa a kszlket.

A Sddeutsche Zeitung napilap beszmolt arrl, hogy az rvzi vzszint esett kiss Magdeburgban magt htfő, de a tbbi rsz Szsz-Anhalt mg fenyegeti nap utn heves esőzsek meggyenglt rvzvdelmi.

A 8000-populci vros Aken s a szomszdos falvak menektettk utn gt az Elba foly robbant szombaton, a rendőrsg szerint.

A msik gt veszlyben van, szmolt be a regionlis műsorszolgltat MDR, s evakuls lehet, hogy sor kerl.

Joachim Gauck nmet elnk elltogatott az rvz sjtotta vros Halle, Magdeburg kzelben, s tisztelettel adzik az t laki is megbirkzott.

“Fantasztikus ltni, hogy a klnbző emberek sszejnnek, hogy msokon segtsenek., s azt veszi szre, hogy sokan kzlk kimerltek, de boldogok, s gy tűnik, hogy motivlja őket,” Mr Gauck mondta.

Az rvz cmer vrhatan elri a Nmetorszg szaki rszn az elkvetkező napokban.

Angela Merkel kancellr azt tervezi, a vlsg tallkozott vezetőivel nmet rgik, hogyan kell megosztani a szmlt a katasztrfa, a Leipziger Volkszeitung jsg.

“Mi dolgunk a nemzeti katasztrfa”, Gerda Hasselfeldt, az MP Merkel asszony a Keresztny Szocilis Uni (CSU), volt idzett mint monds.
Budapest csatk az emelkedő vz a Duna

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A Duna kzeli cscs szinten Budapest, Magyarorszg Orbn Viktor miniszterelnk azt mondta, hogy krni parlament kiterjeszteni a szksgllapotot htfőn jnius 10.

A hatsgok s az nkntesek hasznlt tbb szzezer homokzskot, hogy tmogassa gtak s vdi a fővrosban.

Magyarorszg terletn, legalbb 1200 embert evakultak, s tbb mint 40 t zrva.

A vros Visegrd a kritikus helyzetben, kzel a Duna-kanyarban.

Lszl Cseke, a vros vdelmi rendező elmondta euronews: “Ha sikerl vdelem, nem tudjuk megmondani, mi nyertnk, nem lenne butasg. Egytt kell lnnk ezzel a gynyrű foly, s van, hogy alkalmazkodni magunkat hozz.”

Hozzfrs a tbb vrosban mr blokkoltk vasrnap jnius 9.

Euronews “Andrea Hoyogos jelentettek Visegrad:” A falu Kisoroszi, nem messze innen, most teljesen levgta. Ez nem is rhető el hajval mr, mint az t, amely elvezet a haj terminl elnttte a vz. ”
Magyarok prblja megfkezni rvz Nagymaroson

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Publiklva 9 jnius 2013

Seglyhv szolgltatsok s nkntesek Magyarorszg kemnyen dolgozik, hogy a Duna sakkban a vz szintje elri rekord magassgokba.

Elterjedt rads Kzp-Eurpban mr elnttt npcsoportok Ausztria, Nmetorszg s a Cseh Kztrsasg, meglve legalbb 15 embert.

Nick Thorpe jelentsek Nagymaros, Budapesttől szakra, ahol a homokzskok kerlnek felhalmozott nagy radsok elkerlse.
Tartozik rvizek Rekord magas rvizek Budapesten

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Magyarorszg kszl a rekord rvizek

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Publiklva jnius 8, 2013

Magyarok is figyelmeztetett, hogy felkszljenek a legrosszabb valaha rvizek, a Duna meg hogy elrje a rekord szintet.

A rendkvli llapot nyilvntottk, s tbb ezer nkntes mr dolgozik megerőstse a bankok a foly duzzanat.

Elterjedt rvz sjtotta kzp-eurpai rszt Ausztriban, Nmetorszgban, Szlovkiban s a Cseh Kztrsasgban, meglve legalbb 15 embert.

US: Renwick Dam breach threat in ND; Cavalier holds it’s breath, but officials ‘cautiously optimistic’ risk may be easing – 230513 1225z

This Wednesday, May 22, 2013 aerial photo shows the Renwick Dam, west of Cavalier N.D., in Pembina County. (AP Photo/The Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

A dam that threatened to give way and flood a North Dakota town was holding back the water on Wednesday, though the 1,300 residents of Cavalier were still being told to stay away from their homes.

Steady rainfall between Friday and Tuesday dumped about 9 inches of rain on parts of Pembina County, swelling creeks and rivers and sending water flowing across the countryside from west to east in the east-sloping county.

The small town of Crystal flooded Tuesday, forcing a few residents from their homes, and people in Cavalier – about 85 miles north of Grand Forks – were told to evacuate Tuesday night as a precaution should the Renwick Dam about six miles west of town on the Tongue River be overwhelmed.

The evacuations included two or three patients at a hospital and 63 people in a nursing home and assisted living center, county Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking said. They were taken either to care facilities in surrounding communities or to the homes of relatives.

Local, state and federal officials built an emergency levee with the help of the National Guard on Tuesday to try to prevent floodwaters from eroding the emergency spillway at the earth-and-concrete Renwick Dam. The levee was being reinforced and monitored Wednesday as the area enjoyed sunshine instead of rain clouds for the first time in five days, Kirking said. “The rising water has slowed overnight. It is still rising, but it is not nearly at the rate it was yesterday at this time,” he said. “We are very, very cautiously optimistic now that the water has slowed.” A slow leak in the dam would mean a slow rise of water over a long period of time downstream, Kirking said. “Should we have a catastrophic failure, the worst-case scenario, we would see a massive amount of water,” he said. “We could see a foot of standing water in the six miles from (the dam) to Cavalier.” The water also would flood about a dozen people on rural farmsteads, he said.
Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 05:05 (05:05 AM) UTC RSOE

Threat of North Dakota dam failure may be easing

“BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The threat of a dam failure on a river near a northeastern North Dakota city appears to be easing, and officials expect to decide soon on when 1,300 evacuated residents can return to their homes.

Pembina County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking says the level of the water behind Renwick Dam on the Tongue River has been dropping since mid-day Wednesday. He says there’s still a threat that the dam near Cavalier could be overwhelmed by runoff from five days of heavy rain but that “the situation is improving.”

Officials are meeting Thursday morning and hope to set a time when the 1,300 residents of Cavalier who were evacuated Tuesday night can return home.

Steady rainfall between Friday and Tuesday dumped about 9 inches of rain on parts of Pembina County.” –


Just In Case: U.S. Has Plans for Americans to Flee South Korea


Courageous Channel isn’t some new offering from your cable TV provider.

It’s the name of the regular Noncombatant Evacuation Operation exercise done by the U.S. military in South Korea to practice getting thousands of U.S. civilians out of the country in a hurry if it looks like war with North Korea is imminent.

Each spring, U.S. military dependents, non-emergency essential civilians and contractors do everything except board an airplane for such an eventuality. They’re told what to bring (“3 days food/water…30 days meds…limited cash $100-200”) and what to do about pets (“pets are considered family members…do not have priority over people…pets cannot be abandoned”). There’s even a handy video “to learn how to correctly employ the Infant Chemical Agent Protection System,” along with lots of other tips on what to do the day no one hopes ever comes.

“Each person,” the guidelines issued by U.S. Forces Korea say, “is allowed…

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US: Major explosion at Ashley Valley Industrial Park, Jensen, Uintah Co, UT, destroyed 1 building, damaged 11. No one hurt – 030313 1120z

No one was hurt in an industrial park explosion Saturday morning that destroyed one building and damaged 11 others in eastern Utahs Uintah County.

(Photo: deseretnews.com) Damage to structures after an explosion at Adler Hot Oil in Jensen (Click photo for source)

(Photo: deseretnews.com) Damage to structures after an explosion at Adler Hot Oil in Jensen (Click photo for source)

The blast occurred shortly after midnight at the Ashley Valley Industrial Park, a facility a few miles southeast of Vernal thats run by Adler Hot Oil Service.

Dispatchers fielded calls from around the county from people who felt the rumble.

Fire crews arrived at the facility at 5131 S. 4880 East to battle the flames while law enforcement evacuated residents within a half-mile radius of the site.

Tal Ehlers, Uintah County emergency manager, estimated that included about 30 homes.

Firefighters from three agencies eventually doused the flames, but not before they had destroyed an industrial building, severely damaged eight others and moderately damaged three homes, according to a news release.

No one was hurt.

The American Red Cross has a temporary shelter on standby at Vernal Middle School, 712 W. 100 South, for anyone displaced by the fire and evacuation.

The evacuation is expected to remain in effect until 6 p.m. because crews are still dealing with a 1,000-gallon propane tank that flipped over in the explosion and has been leaking as a result, according to the release.

The states fire marshal has sent investigators to help determine what happened, though early signs indicate it was a gas or propane explosion, Ehlers said.

No one was at the site when it erupted.

Adler Hot Oil Service is a Vernal-based company that sells hot oil trucks for cleaning oil and gas processing equipment, heating fracturing fluids and pumping fluids down well bores, among other applications, according to the website.

The company could not be reached for comment.

Sunday, 03 March, 2013 at 04:56 (04:56 AM) UTC RSOE

Australia: Floods leave 4 dead (incl 3 year-old boy), Queensland/NSW chaos Sydney drenched, thousands displaced – 290113 1055z

Three people have died and hundreds of homes are under water after heavy rain brought flooding to parts of the Australian state of Queensland.

The town of Bundaberg, where rescuers have been trying to airlift some residents to safety, is expecting its worst floods on record.

In Brisbane, the state capital, almost 5,000 homes and properties are at risk.

The rain was brought by (ex-) Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which is now affecting the northern part of New South Wales.

Two years ago, flooding in Queensland left 35 people dead, with Bundaberg among the towns affected. Bundaberg Mayor Mal Foreman said the floods would be far worse than 2011.

Residents have been told to evacuate in some areas after the Burnett River burst its banks.

At least 1,200 properties have flooded and some 30 people are trapped on the roofs of their houses in the north of the city. In Brisbane, which was paralysed by flooding two years ago, water has been creeping into low-lying parts of the central business district.

Residents of the Lockyer Valley, which was the scene of deadly flash floods in 2011, have also been told to evacuate as creeks and rivers rise. In Ipswich, the Bremer River is expected to peak later in the day, prompting flood warnings.

Police said the body of an elderly man who went to check on a yacht north of Bundaberg had been recovered on Sunday.

Two men swept away by flooding in separate incidents in Queensland were also found dead on Monday.

Monday, 28 January, 2013 at 04:34 (04:34 AM) UTC RSOE

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Australia floods leave hundreds stranded in Bundaberg

BBC NEWS 28 January 2013 Last updated at 08:24z

The BBCs Nick Bryant says the floodwaters are expected to break records

Helicopter rescue crews are trying to reach hundreds of people trapped by rising floodwaters in Bundaberg in the Australian state of Queensland.

Many people are trapped on roofs, but there are fears homes could be washed away by fast-moving waters after the Burnett River burst its banks.

Three people have already died in the Queensland flooding, after a cyclone brought heavy rain.

Australian PM Julia Gillard offered her condolences to the families of victims.

Ms Gillard was speaking in Gipsland, Victoria, where she was visiting people afflicted by the recent wildfires.

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She said it had been a tough period for Queensland, and that the whole country was being challenged by nature.

But we are a strong and smart nation and well get through this, as we always do, by pulling together, she said.

Hundreds stranded

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Foreman said the floods would be far worse than those of late 2010 and early 2011, which left 35 people dead across Queensland, with Bundaberg among the towns affected.

In 2010, the Burnett River at Bundaberg reached 7.92 metres, but at 15:00 (05:00 GMT) on Monday, the river was at 9.2m and rising slowly, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said in a statement.

It is expected to peak late on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Major flooding has also been reported at Mundubbera and Gayndah, said the BoM.

Residents of North Bundaberg were ordered to evacuate immediately, with the states Police Commissioner Ian Stewart tweeting: Do not wait. Move now. Yr life depends on it.

A residents stands in front of her flooded home in Bundaberg on 27 January 2013 There are fears fast-moving waters could wash away homes in Bundaberg

Police Superintendent Rowan Bond said many people had only a few hours left in which to leave, before becoming stranded, saying there was an

imminent danger of people being killed and drowned.

But the waters are moving too quickly for boats to be used, and there are fears that homes could be swept off their foundations by the torrent.

At least 1,200 properties have flooded and State Premier Campbell Newman said up to 1,500 people could still be in need of rescue.

Weve never seen floodwaters like this before, he told reporters.

People probably feel, quite reasonably, that theyve seen this all before and they feel they can be safe in certain parts of North Bundaberg. Right now our view is they are not, and thats why we need to get them out.

Mr Newman said 14 helicopters were already at work plucking people from rooftops but that more were being brought in. He urged stranded people to group together and ensure less mobile people were not left behind.

I can assure people who may be in harms way at the moment that we are doing everything we can to come to get you to get you out of this situation, said Mr Newman.

By late afternoon, the main Bundaberg evacuation centre at Oakwood State School was itself evacuated, the Brisbane Times reports. Some 300 people were being moved to another centre near the airport.

Elsewhere in the state, some 350 homes have been flooded in Ipswich. More than 200,00 people are without power across the state.


Residents of the Lockyer Valley, which was the scene of deadly flash floods in 2011, have also been told to evacuate as creeks and rivers rise.

The town of Gympie has been cut off and dozens of businesses are underwater, ABC News reports, while hundreds of homes are threatened in Ipswich, where the Bremer River is expected to peak later in the day.

Police said the body of an elderly man who went to check on a yacht north of Bundaberg had been recovered on Sunday. Two men swept away by flooding in separate incidents in Queensland were also found dead on Monday.

In Brisbane, which was paralysed by flooding two years ago, water has been creeping into low-lying parts of the central business district.

A woman and her three-year-old son were also taken to hospital in Brisbane after a tree fell on them.

The rain was brought by Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which is now affecting the northern part of New South Wales.

The BoM has warned of heavy rain, usually high tides and damaging winds, with gusts of up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Flash flood warnings have also been given.

A number of roads have been closed in the state and 6,000 homes are without power in the north.

29 Jan 2013 (GMT):

Queensland/NSW chaos – 4 killedincluding 3 year-old boy: Sydney saturated in widespread rainfall totals of between 80 and 150 millimetres overnight

Parts of Sydney have been drenched in their heaviest daily rainfall totals in more than a decade as a wild storm system washed over the city on Monday night after causing havoc in the north of the state and in Queensland.

About 1500 residents downstream of Grafton spent the night in emergency accommodation after being evacuated due to the storm, which has claimed four lives in Queensland, including that of a three-year-old boy who was hit by a falling tree in Brisbane’s north.

The residents were ordered to evacuate from their homes in Ulmarra, Cowper and Brushgrove districts shortly before 7pm on Monday due to flooding of the Clarence River.

Low-lying areas of North Lismore were also evacuated on Monday night. Floodwaters also have cut off all roads between NSW and Queensland and isolated about 2000 people in northern NSW.

The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald stalled over northern NSW on Monday night, but a separate low-pressure system formed over the Hunter and beat a path down the coast to Sydney.

Authorities are monitoring the Clarence River in Grafton, which originally was expected to peak at 7.9 metres at about 9am on Tuesday.

However that later was revised up to an expected peak of eight metres at midday.

About 3000 people living near the bridge in Grafton have received an evacuation warning. State Emergency Service workers on Monday night rescued a man from a pontoon Grafton, while an elderly couple also were rescued from a catamaran that had broken its mooring.

The Bellinger River received 280 millimetres since 9am on Monday, the heaviest rainfall in four years. Flood waters have cut Bellingen in half, and the main bridge there is completely under water.

The heaviest rainfall in the Illawarra was on the escarpment, which received 150 millimetres of rain, while Wollongong received 120 millimetres, the heaviest daily rainfall total in two years. Wind gusts of 100km/h were reported in Coffs Harbour overnight, but in Sydney the wind was not as fierce as predicted, peaking at 70km/h on Sydney Harbour.

A severe weather warning remains in place on Tuesday for the damaging winds, heavy rain and damaging surf for people in the Metropolitan, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast and Central Tablelands forecast districts.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said Sydney was saturated in widespread rainfall totals of between 80 and 150 millimetres overnight, causing localised flooding in some areas, including Camden. The wettest area of the city was Frenchs Forest, which received 155 millimetres of rain since 9am yesterday.

Richmond was saturated in 111 millimetres of rain, the biggest daily total in 16 years in the suburb, while Bankstown, Canterbury and Badgerys Creek recorded 100 millimetres, the heaviest in 12 years. Mr Dutschke said many of Sydney’s western suburbs received their heaviest daily rainfall totals in five years overnight.

State Emergency Service spokesman Michael Eburn said officers had responded to 2900 calls for assistance for help across NSW, mostly in the north of the state. However that number could rise rapidly as people wake on Tuesday and assessed the damage to their properties. “Our local units have been out in Sydney dealing with localised flooding in Camden and normal call outs, such as trees down and leaking roofs,” he said.

“It has certainly been more significant in the north of NSW. We’ve evacuated low-lying areas of North Lismore and a couple of evacuation warnings were issued for Grafton. We’ve done 19 flood rescues, and most of those are avoidable things – people entering floodwaters despite our advice.”

The low pressure system is expected to move out to sea on Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC RSOE


Central and southern Queensland face a mammoth recovery task as record-breaking flood waters recede.

Thousands of people have been displaced as rivers and creeks, swollen by torrential rain from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, rose up and inundated homes and businesses on Monday and Tuesday.

In the worst-hit city of Bundaberg, 2000 homes and 200 businesses were inundated when the river reached a record height on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 7500 displaced residents are seeking refuge in evacuation centres or with friends and family on higher ground.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman toured Bundaberg on Tuesday and urged Queenslanders to aid disaster victims.

“They all need our support. We’ve got to reach out and help them now,” he said.

Mr Newman also paid tribute to the resilience of residents, who in some cases have weathered four floods in three years.

“It’s incredible to see the spirit of Queenslanders out on the streets of their cities and towns as they grapple with what is a big crisis.”

The news was better for residents of Brisbane and Ipswich in the southeast, where water levels peaked lower than expected.

Early indications are that water stayed below floorboard level in Brisbane, while about 35 homes in Ipswich had water in their living areas.

It was a world away from the disaster of January 2011.

Then, tens of thousands of homes in the southeast were inundated and Brisbane’s damage bill ran into the tens of millions.

In coming days the city’s key challenge will be to maintain water supplies after the flooding forced the shutdown of two processing plants.

Residents have been told to limit water use around the home until further notice.

As the flood waters recede, attention will turn to the huge damage bill and recovery task.

The premier says Bundaberg will be the focus and has arranged for 400-500 soldiers to help clean the city up.

Already 9,800 insurance claims have been lodged in Queensland worth a combined $116 million, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

The damage to infrastructure is still being assessed but it’s been estimated the bill will still reach the hundreds of millions, without counting crop and livestock losses.

The Queensland premier is urging people to donate to the government’s Queensland Flood Appeal which is being coordinated with Red Cross.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Governor-General Quentin Bryce are expected to visit flood-affected regions in Queensland in coming days.” – Sydney Morning Herald



Mozambique: Flood fears drive massive evacuation, 55,000 people affected – 230113 0900z

Mozambique has started to evacuate some 55,000 people after heavy rains caused sea levels to rise to dangerous levels in parts of the country, officials say.

“We are asking people to move to safer areas,” a spokeswoman for the national relief agency said.

The south and centre have been placed on red alert because of the floods, which have claimed several lives.

The worst affected areas are in the southern Gaza province, where a number of rivers are currently above crisis levels.

Emergency teams are on stand-by and motorboats have been dispatched to help transport people to safety, the AFP news agency reports.

The evacuees will be brought to temporary shelters. Some of them have been set up in the capital, Maputo.

“We estimate there are 55,000 people affected,” Rita Almeida from Mozambique’s Disaster Relief Management Institute said.

The town of Chokwe, home to a dyke, is particularly vulnerable, she added.

“We are registering very high water levels in the Limpopo and Inkomati rivers that could flood the town,” Ms Almeida said.

From Sunday to Monday, almost 185mm (7 inches) of rain fell over the Limpopo basin, the AFP reports.

International observers have described the situation as critical.

There are fears that the dyke in Chokwe could break, which would lead to chaos in the evacuations.

“If that dyke breaks, all those people will have to move more rapidly,” the country chief of the World Food Programme, Lola Castro, said.

Neighbouring South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana have also been hit by severe flooding.

In South Africa, floodwaters claimed several lives and left hundreds stranded after the Limpopo river burst its banks on Monday.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 at 05:43 (05:43 AM) UTC RSOE

Offshore workers evacuated from North Sea oil rig following gas leak – 261112 1910z

An investigation is under way after more than 90 workers were evacuated from a North Sea oil platform following a gas leak.

(Photo: offshoreenergytoday.com)
North Cormorant platform
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They were taken to nearby installations after the alarm was raised on the North Cormorant platform at about 05:00 on Sunday.

Operators Taqa Bratani said the platform was shut down as a precaution.

No-one was injured.

The company said the exact cause of the incident was not yet known.

Taqa said 92 non-essential crew were transferred, from a total of 202 personnel.

The neighbouring feeder Tern and Eider installations were also shut down.

The North Cormorant platform is about 109 miles off Lerwick, Shetland.

Monday, 26 November, 2012 at 10:53 (10:53 AM) UTC RSOE

“A spokeswoman for Taqa said: “[We] can confirm that, as a precautionary measure, 92 non-essential crew were transferred from its North Cormorant platform following an incident on the installation.

“A total of 202 personnel were on board at the time and all are safe and well. 110 workers remain on the platform.

“As a result of an indication of gas, the platform was shut down and depressurised. The platform’s well operations have been made safe and the situation is under control.

“As a further precautionary measure, the 92 non-essential personnel were taken by helicopter to nearby TAQA installations. Thirty-eight of those transferred workers, who could not be accommodated offshore overnight, have returned onshore.

“Our number one priority is the safety and welfare of our people on board the facility as well as the surrounding environment. An investigation will be undertaken to establish the cause of the incident.”” – stv.com

Taylor Bridge Fire: With wildfire threatening Washington State, DNR wants you to be prepared

#US #FireNews #WAfire #Fire #Wildfire #WA #News/How to prepare for possible evacuation from a fire/v @HondoVFD


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#TaylorBridgeFire relief resources for victims (via @ces614):


If you’re in the path of the Taylor Bridge Fire and need help or relief, here are some resources:

General information



  • The Daily Record in Ellensburg reported that people can drop off donations for those affected by the fire at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Inn Express and Knudson Lumber in Ellensburg.


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wildfireThe Taylor Bridge Fire has closed roads, threatened homes, and has forced many communities to evacuate. While firefighters battle this fire, we want to share a message from a longtime nationally recognized Firewise Community/USA to keep you safe this fire season. Sometimes waiting is the hardest part- here’s something you can do to get ready while you wait. The city of Perry Park, Colorado has devised the “P’s of Preparedness” to remember in case an immediate evacuation is required in your area.

  • People and Pets
  • Papers, phone numbers and important documents
  • Prescriptions vitamins and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal computers (information on hard drive and disks)
  • Plastic (credit cards, ATM cards, and cash)
  • Patience

People and pets
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US: Massive brush fire in California

A massive brush fire of about 1,200 acres has caused the evacuation of 100+ homes.

The blaze is at Banner, burning East of Julian. This is thought to be near Scissors Crossing.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Borrego Springs High School.

CALFIRE are using 6 Airtankers, 1 AirAttack, 4 Helicopters, 30 Engines, 6 Crews, 4 Water Tenders, 2 Dozers to quell the flames.

They say they have only 5% containment, fire continues to burn rapidly toward the East.  High winds are fanning the flames. Re-enforcements are en route.

You can follow the progress of this fire on Twitter using #BannerIC hashtag.

Credits: @sanmiguelfire, @USEmergAlerts, @dispatchdemon, @CALFIRESANDIEGO

US: Large cargo ship evacuated in Los Angeles harbour after gas leak

Fire officials say a large cargo ship has been evacuated in Los Angeles harbor as firefighters work to find the source of a gas leak.

The incident began early Friday afternoon.

Fire spokesman Matt Spence says the type of gas is unknown and may be coming from a container at the bottom of a deep stack of containers.

About 25 firefighters, wearing gas masks, are working to find the source of the gas by removing the containers piece by piece.

Spence says the ship was outbound from the Port of Los Angeles, and it’s unclear what its haul is.

Spence says there’s no immediate cause for alarm or immediate indication of terror threat as firefighters investigate the situation.

Saturday, 19 May, 2012 at 05:40 (05:40 AM) UTC RSOE

11,400 evacuated in China after chemical tankers’ collision

Over 10,000 residents had to be evacuated in China after two tankers carrying dangerous chemicals collided in Zhejiang province, Xinhua reported today (Wednesday).

The two vehicles, carrying 27 tonnes of vinyl chloride and 20 tonnes of resin respectively, collided and overturned in Hangzhou city Monday night, an official said.

Following the collision, residents living within a 500-metre radius of the crash site were evacuated, while those within one kilometre radius were advised to relocate, the official added.

Workers transferred nine tonnes of vinyl chloride from the tank into another tank to reduce its weight and to remove it before a total of 11,400 residents were allowed to return to their homes, said a government official – http://www.prokerala.com

Flash Flood in Fiji – 7 dead, 3 missing, 11,000+ displaced, Epidemic Fear – Update dated 03 April, 2012 at 02:59 UTC

Fijian authorities have warned of possible outbreaks of communicable diseases at evacuation centres filled with people fleeing flooded towns.

Meanwhile the New Zealand Government has made $500,000 available to Fijian authorities as a tropical cyclone threatens to further batter the small island nation. Severe weather pounded Fiji at the weekend, causing flash floods that have left seven people dead and three missing, forced thousands to evacuate their homes and cut off power and water.

A state of natural disaster has been declared for most of Fiji’s Western Division. Rainfall today has slowed and rivers have receded, however the country remains vigilant as a cyclone passes to the west of Fiji.

The Fiji Meteorological Service forecast Tropical Cyclone Daphne would pass at least 500km to the southwest of Nadi, bringing damaging gale force winds to the south-western half of the country and further flooding of low-lying areas.

However the agency has this morning lifted a strong wind warning and a severe flood warning which had been in place for all major rivers and stream. The weather is forecast to clear up by Thursday.

More than 11,000 people in the western division are at 117 evacuation centres in the Western Division. Divisional health inspector Dip Chand told the Fiji Times medical teams have been deployed to the evacuation centres, amid fears of possible outbreaks.

He said strategies had been put in place to prevent or contain diseases. “There should be no grog drinking, smoking or merrymaking allowed at these centres,” he told the Fiji Times.
“People have to respect that there are elderly, women and children at these centres and there needs to be policies in place to address this.”

Nadi’s main road has been closed and is under police guard, the Times reports, and the smell of decomposing food and silt is in the air.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced this morning $500,000 will be immediately made available to agencies assisting flood victims in Fiji.

“In addition to the reported deaths thousands have been forced from their homes and into evacuation centres,” Mr McCully said.

“The situation is severe as Fiji is still recovering from January’s floods and many response agencies will not have fully replenished their supplies. ”

New Zealand’s funding will be provided to the Fiji Red Cross, and other non-government agencies well positioned to respond. New Zealand always stands ready to help the people of Fiji when disaster strikes.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will consider further support based on the needs of relief agencies who are working with flood-affected communities,” Mr McCully says.

New Zealand provided $350,000 to the Fiji Red Cross to support the response to severe floods in January and a further $1.5 million to the Fiji Natural Disaster Management Office and to refurbish evacuation centres.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 460 New Zealanders were registered as being in Fiji, 118 of them in Nadi. New Zealanders have been advised against all tourist and non-essential travel to parts of the Western Division of Viti Levu, including Nadi and the Coral Coast.

Air New Zealand yesterday cancelled a scheduled A320 flight to Nadi but sent in its place a larger, empty aircraft so it could bring back more stranded passengers.

The Fijian Government has lifted its temporary embargo on airlines carrying passengers on flights into Fiji and Air New Zealand said its next scheduled flight from Auckland to Nadi would go ahead as planned this morning.

“Air New Zealand will continue to monitor weather conditions in Fiji and passengers who are in the Nadi area should check regularly with their hotel for updates,” a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army has launched an appeal to support the flood-ravaged nation. It is requesting financial assistance only – not food or clothing, as it is difficult to get such donations through to Fiji. Auckland-based Radio Apna 990AM has also launched a radio-thon to raise money for those affected. The radio-thon will run until 12am Thursday. – RSOE

A ShelterBox Response Team is also en route from the UK to assess need.

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