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The Bighorn Fire burning along the Catalina Mountains near Golder Ranch and Oracle Roads in 2020.

In theory, summarizing risk information for flooding, hurricanes and even wildfires should help homebuyers and renters make more informed housing choices, but surveys show it isn’t working that way, at least not yet. Read more»

The 2020 storm Hurricane Hanna left waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande along parts of a private border fence, which threatened the structural integrity of the project, experts said.

Federal authorities have reached a deal that gives builders of the privately funded fence control over where to inspect for damage and leeway over which issues they choose to repair. Read more»

Flooding in Nogales.

The federal government will allocate more than $8.6 million to mitigate flash flooding in the Nogales area, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva announced. Read more»

Tidal flooding is creeping farther into coastal towns like Miami Beach.

A new report led by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that sea levels are rising, and that will bring profound flood risks to large parts of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts over the next three decades. Read more»

The South Carolina National Guard supported the Louisiana National Guard in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Sept. 2021, in multiple areas of Louisiana. State and city officials are using the hurricane’s damage to urge Congress to pass an infrastructure bill that would beef up flood mitigation, fortify the electrical grid and expand broadband access to help with future storms.

Pointing to stark pictures of inundated buildings and washed-out cars from Hurricane Ida, state and city officials are pressing Congress to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. Read more»

The Phoenix area had an active monsoon this year, and by the end of July, Phoenix had received 84% more monsoonal rain than all of last summer.

Arizona’s monsoon season officially ends Sept. 30, and this year’s rains already have made 2021 among the highest on record - though The Salt River Project, one of the state’s largest utilities, advises residents to continue to practice water conservation despite the summer rains. Read more»

The Telegraph Fire on June 6, 2021. Photo via Facebook

Congressional Democrats passed a short-term spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government operating through Dec. 3 and provide $28.6 billion for costs related to recent natural disasters. Read more»

Educators have been battling for years, often unsuccessfully, for improvements to school infrastructure.

As humans continue to unleash greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, fires, hurricanes, floods, droughts and heat waves are intensifying - in some cases forcing kids to flee their classrooms, and school buildings and budgets aren’t up to the task of weathering climate disasters. Read more»

Extreme downpours and flooding like Arizona experienced in 2021 can put lives at risk.

A recent report documents an increase in both wet and dry extremes over most regions around the globe, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the water cycle has been intensifying and will continue to intensify as the planet warms. Read more»

Residents of the Sunnyside neighborhood fill sandbags to prepare for possible flash flooding in the Museum Fire’s nearly 1,900-acre burn area.

Although rain has done much to damper the fire, there is a danger of flooding because the loss of vegetation leaves burned areas ripe for flash floods and heavy flows of ash, mud and debris. Read more»

A family makes their way across the waters of Buffalo Bayou rushing across Highway 6 under the Barker reservoir in Houston on Aug 28, 2017.

Nearly five days after the hurricane-turned-tropical storm first touched Texas soil, Harvey has broken state rainfall records and sparked unprecedented flooding across Southeast Texas and the city of Houston, where residents are desperate for relief. Read more»

Students at Banks Elementary School, 3200 S. Lead Flower Ave., are unable to leave the school due to severe flooding in the area, a spokeswoman said. Read more»

The Gila River, running beside Larry Barney’s ranch, is prone to floods.

Lack of funding for staffing is threatening the Arizona Water Protection Fund, which provides grants to landowners to protect against flooding damage from the Gila River. Read more»

Saguaro National Park will hold an open house meeting this Thursday to discuss changes being made to the Carrillo Trail. Read more»