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No Individual Federal Aid for Storm Victims, Low-Interest Loans Still an Option

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Recent tornadoes didn't do damage that reached FEMA's required level for individual emergency assistance, according to the Adjutant General's office. State officials say they'll work to provide low-interest SBA loans to repair homes and personal property in Riley and Dickinson counties.

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Flood Plain Will Affect Chapman Rebuilding

Updated: 06/20/2008 - Federal government rules for development in flood plain are raising concerns over whether residents impacted by a June 11th tornado would be able to rebuild. Much of the damage was in an area of town that's in a flood plain.

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Extreme Weather to Increase with Climate Change

Posted: 06/20/2008 - Droughts will get dryer, storms will get stormier and floods will get deeper with changing climate, a government research report said Thursday. Events that have seemed relatively rare will become commonplace, said the latest report from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, a joint effort of more than a dozen government agencies.

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Bush Visits Iowa, Billions in Flood Aid Available

Posted: 06/20/2008 - President George W. Bush got a close-up view of damage from the worst Midwest flooding in 15 years on Thursday as his administration promised funding from a multibillion-dollar disaster relief fund.

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McCain Tours Flood-Damaged Southeastern Iowa

Posted: 06/20/2008 - An aide to Gov. Chet Culver said Thursday that Republican presidential candidate John McCain ignored the governor's request to cancel a campaign visit amid a massive flood recovery effort in the state.

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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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