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Midwest Flood Victims Feel Misled by Feds

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Juli Parks didn't worry when water began creeping up the levee that shields this town of about 750 from the Mississippi River — not even when volunteers began piling on sandbags.

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Sandbagging in Iowa, Extreme Heat in California

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Forecasters are predicting near-record crests for the Mississippi River from Quincy, IL to Winfield, MO, thought levee breaches upstream have eased pressure on levees. Meantime, cooling centers are open in Los Angeles County, CA. Palm Springs hit a high of 116.

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Storm Photos 6-19-08

Updated: 06/19/2008 - Viewer pictures of the severe storms on Thursday, June 19, 2008.

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Small Towns Suffer Big Losses as Rivers Rise

Posted: 06/19/2008 - As floodwaters take aim at the tiny towns lining the Mississippi River, the heartland ethic of neighbors helping neighbors proved to be a potent force against the rising water Tuesday.

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Experts Use Weather Forecasts to Fight Diseases

Updated: 06/19/2008 - A cyclone wrecks coastal Myanmar, spawning outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dengue fever. Flooding inundates Iowa, raising an array of public health concerns.

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Luck Runs Out for Pigs Caught in Flood

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Des Moines County sheriff's officials shot the pigs Tuesday. Officials said they killed the pigs over worries that they would weaken levee. State veterinarian and other agencies were consulted. Sheriff: "They did not want to take a chance on losing a city due to a few hogs".

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Mississippi Overflows Levees, Crops Threatened

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The swollen Mississippi River ran over the top of at least 12 more levees on Wednesday, as floodwaters swallowed up more U.S. farmland, adding to billion-dollar losses and feeding global food inflation fears.

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Tornado-Damaged Power Lines Cause ComEd Congestion

Posted: 06/19/2008 - Crews at Exelon Corp's Commonwealth Edison subsidiary continued to repair power lines south of Chicago damaged by a tornado on June 7, a spokesman for ComEd said Wednesday.

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Thursday Weatherschool Question

Posted: 06/19/2008 - The percentage of the earth's soil degraded by chemicals and erosion is now estimated to total:

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FEMA Gives Hurricane Supplies Back to Louisiana

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Some of the $85 million in supplies will be given to state nonprofit agencies. CNN investigation revealed FEMA gave away supplies as government surplus. FEMA administrator has defended the agency's decision to give away items.

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Ill. Levee Breaches Force Small Town's Evacuation

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Floodwaters breached two levees in western Illinois on Wednesday and threatened more Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa for the past week.

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Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from severe weather could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Thie USDA Consumer's Guide will help you make the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency.

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Spate of Disasters Empties Red Cross Coffers

Posted: 06/18/2008 - A string of recent weather-related calamities across the United States has left the American Red Cross low on cash and struggling to provide aid to disaster victims, officials from the premier US charity group said Tuesday.

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Midwest Farmland Flooding Boosts Food Prices

Posted: 06/18/2008 - The Mississippi River surged up through storm drains and flooded part of an eastern Iowa river town on Tuesday as the worst Midwest floods in 15 years ruined cropland and drove up world food prices.

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Mississippi Levee Buckles Under Rising Waters

Posted: 06/18/2008 - Rising waters burst through an overtaxed levee on the Mississippi River, sending gushing torrents into an Illinois town as the sodden US midwest reeled from days of epic flooding.

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China Rushes to Fix Dams, 9,000 Square Miles Flooded

Posted: 06/18/2008 - China has posted hundreds of police and rescue officials to shore up dams threatening to burst under torrential rain that has already flooded 9,000 square miles of crops and homes.

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