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Kentucky Declares State of Emergency

Posted by feww on July 16, 2015

Deadly Storms sweep through Kentucky causing widespread damage

Severe storms have left at least 5 people dead and 6 others missing, causing widespread damage in the State of Kentucky and prompting Gov. Beshear to declare a state of emergency.

Part of a statement posted on the State website read:

According to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), numerous counties were impacted by Monday’s storms that caused flash flooding. Areas reported with the heaviest damage include Johnson and Rowan counties. In Johnson County, one fatality was reported, and state and local rescue workers there continue to search for others who are missing or unaccounted for. In Rowan County, homes were also damaged by floods, and minor injuries were reported.

The Kentucky National Guard, KYEM and Red Cross officials are on the ground in Johnson County and will continue to monitor areas statewide for further reports of damage. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Monday waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages. Shelters are in place in Rowan, Johnson and Jefferson counties.

Flash floods in Indiana reportedly killed at least one person, according to local reports.

Kentucky has already been declared a major disaster area three times, so far this year.

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Latest Disasters, States of Emergency Declarations

Posted by feww on July 8, 2015

Disaster declared for Idaho counties affected by wildfire

The Cape Horn Fire wildfire near Bayview, Idaho, has been declared a federal disaster.

Federal officials have authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Cape Horn Fire, burning in Bonner County and Kootenai County, northern Idaho.

The blaze had already consumed about 2,000 acres of mostly pine forests, as of Tuesday, destroying at least six upscale homes and forcing more than 650 people from Lake Pend Oreille resort area.

Idaho Gov. Otter on Monday declared the two counties affected by the uncontained fire a disaster emergency area.

States of Emergency Declared in two BC Camid Raging Wildfire

Authorities in the District of Port Hardy, British Columbia, declared a state of emergency due to the immediate threat of life and safety caused by a fast moving wildfire, said a report.

The fire forced the evacuations of more than 100 residences.

More than 170 wildfires raged across the province. “The Squamish Lillooet Regional District also issued a state of emergency due to a 500-hectare fire northwest of Pemberton,” said a report.

State of Emergency Declared in Venezuela amid ERE, Flooding

Major Disaster Declared for Wyoming

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State of Emergency Declared in Venezuela amid ERE, Flooding

Posted by feww on July 8, 2015

ERE, flooding affect tens of thousands in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Maduro has declared a state of emergency in the municipality of Paez, Apure state, after extreme rain events (ERE) triggered severe flooding, said a report.

The floods in Paez have been described “as the worst to hit the area in over two decades.” More than two weeks of torrential rains have caused two major rivers to burst their banks inundating large areas, and affecting more than 40,000 people.

In 2010, floods affected more than 1.5 million Venezuelans across three states and the capital, Caracas, killing dozens of people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

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Large Wildfires Devour Homes, Force Evacuations across U.S., W. Canada

Posted by feww on July 7, 2015

Wildfires burning millions of acres across United States, W. Canada

Wildfire are burning more than 3.1 million acres across Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Alaska
As of July 2, some 750 wildfires have burned an estimated 2.4 million acres in Alaska so far this summer, “which is at pace with the 2004 season when 6.59 million acres burned,” Kale Casey, a public information officer for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, told ABC News today. “In addition to the dry season we’re having, we’ve had a huge amount of lightning—about 6,000 to 10,000 bolts per day. There was three-day period in June where we had over 31,000 lightning strikes.”

Meanwhile, NOAA has issued the following statement:

Fires are raging in Alaska, and there’s no end in sight.

More than 600 fires have burned in excess of 1.8 million acres in the state, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, making this year the worst wildfire season so far in Alaska’s history. Fires have caused evacuations, highway closures, and rail and flight disruptions. More than 350 structures have been damaged, including about 70 homes.

Approximately 100,000 wildland fires occur each year in the United States, capable of severe destruction and loss of life. Above-average temperatures and a longstanding drought in the western U.S. are contributing to wildfires occurring in parts of Washington, Oregon and California.

“It’s only July 6 and this fire season ranks No. 9 on the list of the largest fire seasons on record in Alaska,” said AK Forestry.

alaska forestry
A graph from the National Interagency Fire Center that shows how Alaska’s fire season compares to the Lower 48 so far, this year.

Idaho
A large blaze in Idaho has destroyed at least six multimillion-dollar homes forcing more than 200 people to evacuate from Bayview, a resort town on Lake Pend Oreille.

The Cape Horn fire, which was possibly sparked by lightning, and is now being fanned by strong winds and fueled by record temperatures, has consumed about 1,000 hectares, since Sunday.

“There have been multiple wildfires in eastern and central Idaho during the past week with the biggest being the Dietrich Butte fire, which started Friday afternoon. It’s scorched about 2,500 acres north of Dietrich, a town near Shoshone,” said a report.

California
A 400-acre wildfire threatens homes in Vacaville (between San Francisco and Sacramento), Northern California, forcing more than 100 people to evacuate.

Washington
The Sleepy Hollow fire destroyed dozens of homes and consumed about 80 square kilometers before being mostly contained.

In May, Gov. Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency for Washington after snowpack reached historic lows, and rivers began dwindling and irrigation districts were forced to cut off water to farmers.

Oregon
Wildfires have consumed about 160 square kilometers in Oregon, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

In June, Gov. Brown declared drought emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties, bringing the total to 19 counties officially in a state of drought.

The counties covered by the declarations:

Baker, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Jospehine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Wasco and Wheeler.

Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan First Nations Evacuate 13,000, Declare Wildfire State of Emergency

“Wildfires have forced more than 13,000 Lac La Ronge band members and others from their homes in aboriginal communities in the largest evacuation Saskatchewan has ever seen.”

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51 Communities Evacuated amid Raging Wildfires in W. Canada

Posted by feww on July 6, 2015

15,000 Residents ordered to evacuate their homes in Saskatchewan

At least 112 wildfires are burning through the northern region of Saskatchewan, forcing about 17,000 residents in 51 communities to evacuate.

“Saskatchewan’s Buffalo Narrows and La Ronge regions are the hottest wildfire spots at the moment, but there are also 10 uncontained blazes tearing through the province’s Prince Albert region, further to the south” said a report.

Fire Stats
Communities under full or partial evacuation orders: 51
Total number of residents evacuated or under evacuation orders: 17,000
Number of active wildfires (July 6, 2015) : 112
Number of active wildfires greater than 100 hectares: 56  (July 5, 2015)
Wildfires to date: 574 (compared with total of 184 to date in 2014, and seasonal total of 193 blazes)

Western Canada Disaster Watch

  • Wildfires are also raging  in the rest of Western Canada, with B.C. and Alberta experiencing similar hot and dry conditions, said CTV News.
  • Port Hardy, B.C. declared a state of emergency on Saturday as a wildfire forced the evacuation of 100 homes. The fire is one of 64 that are active across the province.
  • There were also more than 120 wildfires burning across Alberta, with hundreds of northern residents put on evacuation alert.
  • About 1,000 military personnel have been sent to help contain wildfires in Saskatchewan and assist evacuees relocation.

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Environmental Emergency Declared in Santiago amid Hazardous Smog

Posted by feww on June 22, 2015

Suffocating smog forces Chilean govt. to declare state of emergency in Santiago

Chilean officials have declared an environmental emergency in response to PM2.5-rich smog in the capital, Santiago.

The emergency measures requires about 3,000 factories and other polluting businesses to stay closed on Monday. Additionally, 40 percent of the capital’s 1.8 million cars will stay off the roads, said Santiago regional governor Orrego Larrain.

“We’re currently facing unusual conditions, with one of the driest Junes in over 40 years as well as really bad air circulation conditions over the Santiago valley in recent days, which boosts the concentration of contamination,” said  the Environment Ministry.

The restrictions would remain in place for 24 hours, while dangerously high pollution levels persists, but can be extended if no improvement in the conditions results.

Meanwhile, the health officials have urged Santiago residents to avoid outdoor exercise, while the emergency measures last.

Santiago [metro population: ~ 7.5 million] is located in Chile’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706 ft) above the sea level.

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State of Emergency Declared in Missouri amid Widespread Flooding

Posted by feww on June 19, 2015

Tropical Depression BILL batters central U.S. bringing torrential rains, and causing deadly flooding

Gov. Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Missouri as extreme rain events and flooding continued to affect large portions of the state.

“With more heavy rain in the forecast, we will continue to remain in direct contact with law enforcement and local officials as we work to protect lives and property,” Nixon said.

The storm has claimed several lives so far including those in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

BILL  hit in Texas on Tuesday, and is forecast to move northeast into West Virginia, dumping as much as 30cm (12 in) of rain in some areas, forecasters said.

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CORRECTION: Avian Flu Claims 15.5% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens

Posted by feww on June 10, 2015

Avian Flu Claims 15.5% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens

As of April 1, 2015, the U.S. table egg flock size was 303 million layers, NOT the previously reported figure of 392 million.

Bird flu toll tops 47 million, 53% of Iowa flock dead or euthanized

Infected Commercial Flocks. Commercial flocks have been infected in at least 15 States: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana (May 10, 2015), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (removed from USDA list), Nebraska (May 11, 2015), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and  Wisconsin.

Update on Avian Influenza Findings – Poultry Findings Confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories

  • Birds Affected: 47,091,293
  • Detections Reported: 222  [previously 162]
  • First Detection Reported: 12/19/14
  • Last Detection Reported: 6/9/15
  • No. of Flocks Pending Test Results: 13
  • Source: APHIS/ USDA

Worst Affected States

  • Iowa: 30,723,300 (or about 53% of the total flock) Birds Affected
  • Minnesota: 8,996,090 (June 5, 2015)
  • Nebraska: 3,794,100 (June 4, 2015)
  • Wisconsin: 1,950,733 (May 6, 2015)
  • South Dakota: 1,168,200 (June 1, 2015)

As of April 1, 2015, the U.S. table egg flock size was 303 million layers,  and rate of lay per day  averaged 79.6 eggs per 100 layers, said United Egg Producers.

The top ten egg-producing states (ranked by number of layers represented in thousands)  were 1. Iowa: 58,330. 2. Ohio: 29,936. 3. Indiana: 25,744. 4. Pennsylvania:  23,657. 5. Texas: 14,759. 6. Michigan: 12,894. 7. California: 12,835. 8. Minnesota: 11,369. 9. Georgia: 9,857. 10. Nebraska: 9,446. [Source: United Egg Producers.]

The rest of Avian Flu Claims 12% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens remains unchanged.

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Avian Flu Claims 12% of U.S. Egg-laying Hens

Posted by feww on June 10, 2015

Bird flu toll tops 47 million, 53% of Iowa flock dead or euthanized

Infected Commercial Flocks. Commercial flocks have been infected in at least 15 States: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana (May 10, 2015), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (removed from USDA list), Nebraska (May 11, 2015), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and  Wisconsin.

Update on Avian Influenza Findings – Poultry Findings Confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories

  • Birds Affected: 47,091,293
  • Detections Reported: 222  [previously 162]
  • First Detection Reported: 12/19/14
  • Last Detection Reported: 6/9/15
  • No. of Flocks Pending Test Results: 13
  • Source: APHIS/ USDA

Worst Affected States

  • Iowa: 30,723,300 (or about 53% of the total flock) Birds Affected
  • Minnesota: 8,996,090 (June 5, 2015)
  • Nebraska: 3,794,100 (June 4, 2015)
  • Wisconsin: 1,950,733 (May 6, 2015)
  • South Dakota: 1,168,200 (June 1, 2015)

[As of April 1, 2015, the top ten egg-producing states (ranked by number of layers represented in thousands)  were 1. Iowa: 58,330. 2. Ohio: 29,936. 3. Indiana: 25,744. 4. Pennsylvania:  23,657. 5. Texas: 14,759. 6. Michigan: 12,894. 7. California: 12,835. 8. Minnesota: 11,369. 9. Georgia: 9,857. 10. Nebraska: 9,446]

Michigan Reports First Case of Bird Flu

The Michigan DNR and the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have confirmed case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state.

“While this is disappointing news that the H5N2 virus has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging bird population, it was not unexpected given avian influenza has been found in a number of our neighboring states and Ontario,” said MDARD Director.

Michigan became the 21st state to report avian influenza, after three free-ranging Canada Goose goslings collected in Sterling Heights (Macomb County) tested positive for HPAI virus.

Avian influenza has not yet been detected in Michigan’s domestic poultry flocks, said MDARD.

Wild Flocks with Infection Found in at least 6 States: Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Wild Bird HPAI Cases in the United States
A list prepared by National Flyway Council reports HPAI cases in wild bird flocks across the following states:

  • CA, ID, KS, KY, MN, MO, NM, NV, OR, WA, WI and WY.

Key Points: HPAI H5  [CDC Influenza Division]

  • Increased outreach, reporting and surveillance activities in the United States followed the detection of HPAI H5N2 among commercial poultry flocks in Canada in early December 2014.
  • USDA has reported.
    • HPAI H5N8 virus in California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Nevada.
    • HPAI H5N2 virus in Nebraska, Indiana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kentucky.
    • HPAI H5N1 virus in Washington.
    • H5 virus in a wild bird in New Mexico, but diagnostic test did not determine the neuraminidase (NA).
  • HPAI H5N8, HPAI H5N2 and HPAI H5N1 viruses with this combination of genes had not been detected previously in the United States.

A strain of avian flu, EA-H5N8, which had previously been found only in the Western U.S., was detected.

States of Emergency

Iowa’s Gov. Branstad has extended a State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation until July 1 as more farms continue to report new cases of the deadly avian flu virus in their poultry flocks.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts proclaimed a state of emergency in May following the discovery of avian influenza in the state’s poultry sector, according to a statement posted on his website.

Background and Additional Links

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46.8 Million Birds Affected as Michigan Confirms Avian Flu

Posted by feww on June 9, 2015

21 States Report Avian Influenza

Since December 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed  cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (or migratory bird paths). The disease has severely affected commercial poultry and backyard flocks.

Infected Commercial Flocks. Commercial flocks have been infected in at least 15 States: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana (May 10, 2015), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska (May 11, 2015), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and  Wisconsin.

Update on Avian Influenza Findings – Poultry Findings Confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories

  • Birds Affected: 46,824,393
  • Detections Reported: 219  [previously 162]
  • First Detection Reported: 12/19/14
  • Last Detection Reported: 6/5/15
  • Flocks Pending Test Results: 15 Cases
  • Source: APHIS/ USDA

Worst Affected Areas

  • Iowa: 30,482,300 Birds Affected
  • Minnesota: 8,970,150
  • Nebraska: 3,794,100  (June 4, 2015)
  • Wisconsin: 1,950,733 (May 5, 2015)
  • South Dakota: 1,168,200 (June 1, 2015)

Michigan Reports First Case of Bird Flu

The Michigan DNR and the departments of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have confirmed case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state.

“While this is disappointing news that the H5N2 virus has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging bird population, it was not unexpected given avian influenza has been found in a number of our neighboring states and Ontario,” said MDARD Director.

Michigan became the 21st state to report avian influenza, after three free-ranging Canada Goose goslings collected in Sterling Heights (Macomb County) tested positive for HPAI virus.

Avian influenza has not yet been detected in Michigan’s domestic poultry flocks, said MDARD.

Wild Flocks with Infection Found in at least 6 States: Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Wild Bird HPAI Cases in the United States
A list prepared by National Flyway Council reports HPAI cases in wild bird flocks across the following states:

  • CA, ID, KS, KY, MN, MO, NM, NV, OR, WA, WI and WY.

Key Points: HPAI H5  [CDC Influenza Division]

  • Increased outreach, reporting and surveillance activities in the United States followed the detection of HPAI H5N2 among commercial poultry flocks in Canada in early December 2014.
  • USDA has reported
    • HPAI H5N8 virus in California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Nevada.
    • HPAI H5N2 virus in Nebraska, Indiana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kentucky.
    • HPAI H5N1 virus in Washington.
    • H5 virus in a wild bird in New Mexico, but diagnostic test did not determine the neuraminidase (NA).
  • HPAI H5N8, HPAI H5N2 and HPAI H5N1 viruses with this combination of genes had not been detected previously in the United States.

A strain of avian flu, EA-H5N8, which had previously been found only in the Western U.S., was detected.

States of Emergency

Iowa’s Gov. Branstad has extended a State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation until July 1 as more farms continue to report new cases of the deadly avian flu virus in their poultry flocks.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts proclaimed a state of emergency in May following the discovery of avian influenza in the state’s poultry sector, according to a statement posted on his website.

Background and Additional Links

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State of Emergency Declared in Wyoming amid Floods, Mudslides

Posted by feww on June 6, 2015

Severe weather, floods, mudslides, landslides… wreak havoc throughout Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Mead has issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in response to flooding in the Cowboy State.

I am very concerned about the weather-related damage across Wyoming and the toll it is taking on our citizens and communities, said Governor Mead. Mudslides have closed some roads in Sunlight Basin near Cody, Wind River Canyon and Togwotee Pass and flooding has caused damage in Niobrara, Johnson and other counties.

The Executive Order is available on the Governors website at http://governor.wyo.gov/media/documents/

Arkansas town evacuated as Red River rises

Small town of Garland City, located about 20 miles from in Texarkana, Arkansas, was evacuated early Friday, after Miller County emergency management officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for the town’s 250 residents.

Although the town’s levee had been weakened and was leaking, it had not failed, and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution, officials said.

Emergency management officials sounded a siren and went door-to-door to warn residents.

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45 Million Birds Affected by Avian Flu in U.S.

Posted by feww on June 4, 2015

Bird Flu Continues to Devastate US Poultry Industry

Infected Commercial Flocks. Commercial flocks have been infected in at least 15 States: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana (May 10, 2015), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska (May 11, 2015), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and  Wisconsin.

Update on Avian Influenza Findings – Poultry Findings Confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories

  • Detections Reported: 207
  • Birds Affected: 45,027,793
  • First Detection Reported: December 19, 2014
  • Last Detection Reported: June 2, 2015
  • No of Flocks pending tests: 14

Worst Affected Areas

  • Iowa: 29,261,400 Birds Affected
  • Minnesota: 8,394,450
  • Nebraska: 3,794,100
  • Wisconsin: 1,950,733
  • South Dakota: 1,168,200

States of Emergency

Iowa’s Gov. Branstad has extended a State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation until July 1 as more farms continue to report new cases of the deadly avian flu virus in their poultry flocks.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts proclaimed a state of emergency in May following the discovery of avian influenza in the state’s poultry sector, according to a statement posted on his website.

Background and Additional Links

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Disaster Declared in 31 Arkansas Counties after Floods

Posted by feww on June 3, 2015

Arkansas Gov. declares disasters in four more counties affected by extreme rain events

Gov. Hutchinson has amended an earlier Disaster Proclamation for Arkansas adding to the disaster areas four more counties that are affected by extreme rain events and floods.

Those areas are Conway, Jefferson, Perry and Sebastian counties, bringing the total disaster areas to 31 across the state.

The disaster areas in the original Proclamation included Madison, Newton, Marion, Searcy, Izard, Independence, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Scott, Yell, Polk, Montgomery, Garland, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Ouachita, Chicot, Crawford, Miller, Lafayette, Logan and Faulkner counties.

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Disaster Declared in 27 Arkansas Counties as Flooding Worsens

Posted by feww on June 2, 2015

Water levels continue to rise in disaster areas

“We are concerned with additional risks since the level of the water is continuing to rise in areas already affected,” said Gov. Hutchinson.

Flooding has severely impacted SW Arkansas and areas along the Arkansas River.

“Severe storms, flooding and tornadoes beginning May 8, 2015 and continuing caused great damage to private property and public-facilities in various jurisdictions in Arkansas; and Adverse circumstances have been brought to bear upon the citizens and public properties within the State,” he said, extending the Disaster Declaration to include 27 counties.

The disaster areas so far include the counties of Chicot, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Independence, Izard, Johnson, Lafayette, Little River, Logan, Madison, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Pike, Polk, Pope, Searcy, Sevier, Scott and Yell.

Texas

At least 167 counties in Texas have have been affected by flooding.

Oklahoma

Governor Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration for at least 13 counties severely affected by deadly storms and tornadoes.

She amended an Executive Order last week declaring a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties.

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State of Disaster Emergency Extended in Iowa amid Rising Bird Flu Cases

Posted by feww on June 1, 2015

44.6 Million Birds Affected by Deadly Avian Flu Viruses in U.S.

Iowa’s Gov. Branstad has extended a State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation until July 1 as more farms continue to report new cases of the deadly avian flu virus in their poultry flocks. The Proclmation was due to expire on May 31, 2015.

Update on Avian Influenza Findings – Poultry Findings Confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories

  • Birds Affected: 44,612,573 [up from 33,521,073; additional cases pending]
  • Detections Reported: 197 [previously 162]
  • First Detection Reported: December 19, 2014
  • Last Detection Reported: May 28, 2015 [previously reported on May 13, 2015]

Infected Commercial Flocks

Commercial flocks have been infected in at least 15 States: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana (May 10, 2015), Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska (May 11, 2015), North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and  Wisconsin.

The majority of the infections have been reported in the state of Iowa, with 29,095,500 birds  affected [up from 24,815,500 on May 13,] across 18 counties, and at least 6 additional flocks being tested for the deadly virus(es).

  • Minnesota has the second highest number of infections, with 8,220,760 birds affected.
  • Nebraska has 3,794,100 affected birds.
  • Wisconsin reported 1,950,733 birds.

  • South Dakota has 1,116,200 affected birds.

Wild Flocks with Infection Found in at least 5 States: Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Wild Bird HPAI Cases in the United States
A list prepared by National Flyway Council reports HPAI cases in wild bird flocks across the following states:

  • CA, ID, KS, KY, MN, MO, NM, NV, OR, WA, WI and WY.

Key Points: HPAI H5  [CDC Influenza Division]

  • Increased outreach, reporting and surveillance activities in the United States followed the detection of HPAI H5N2 among commercial poultry flocks in Canada in early December 2014.
  • USDA has reported
    • HPAI H5N8 virus in California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Nevada.
    • HPAI H5N2 virus in Nebraska, Indiana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Kentucky.
    • HPAI H5N1 virus in Washington.
    • H5 virus in a wild bird in New Mexico, but diagnostic test did not determine the neuraminidase (NA).
  • HPAI H5N8, HPAI H5N2 and HPAI H5N1 viruses with this combination of genes had not been detected previously in the United States.

A strain of avian flu, EA-H5N8, which had previously been found only in the Western U.S., was detected in a backyard mixed poultry flock in Whitley County, Indiana on May 11, APHIS reported.

WILD BIRD HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA  [Last updated by APHIS on May 14, 2013]

Background and Additional Links

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Texas Disaster Declaration Again Expanded

Posted by feww on May 29, 2015

CORRECTION

States of Disaster Declared in 70 Texas Counties

Texas governor has now declared States of Disaster in 70 counties, as severe weather and deadly flash flooding leave trails of death and destruction across the state.

Governor Abbott has expanded his Disaster Proclamation of May 11, 2015, certifying that the extreme weather events, including severe weather, tornadoes and flooding, that began on May 4,2015, has now caused a disaster in 70 Texas counties, said the Executive Clerk to the Governor.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: 

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued Emergency Disaster Proclamations on May 11, May 15, May 25 and May 26, 2015, certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in many Texas counties.  Severe weather, tornadoes and flooding continue in these and other counties in Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I hereby amend these aforementioned proclamations and declare a disaster in Angelina, Archer, Bastrop, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Burleson, Caldwell, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Collin, Comal, Cooke, Denton, Dewitt, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, Fannin, Fayette, Gaines, Garza, Gillespie, Grayson, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lamar, Leon, Liberty, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Montague, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Parker, Real, Red River, Refugio, Rusk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Smith, Travis, Tyler, Uvalde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise and Zavala counties.

The initial Disaster Proclamation was for 13 counties, amended twice previously to include first a total of 37 and then 46 counties (see below links).

Meantime, a quasi-stationery storm system dumped more than 15cm (6 inches) of rain across North Texas overnight. Collin County recorded 17.4cm (6.85in) of rain.

This week’s deadly storms dumped about 3.86 bbls (162 billion gallons) of water on the Houston area, destroying or damaging thousands of homes, washing away roads and cars and causing flooding across much of Houston.

PRECIPITATION DATA for May 1 – 28
Station: Houston International
Total Rainfall: 35cm (13.59in)
Departure from Normal: 23cm (9.01in)
Greatest 24hr: 13.0cm (5.11in) on May 25-26
[National Weather Service, NWS]

Oklahoma Gov. amends Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for all 77 counties

“In light of continued storm and flooding damage over the weekend, Governor Fallin today amended an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 44 counties to a statewide emergency declaration. All 77 counties are now in a state of emergency. Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions,” said a statement issued by her office on Tuesday.

The storms, flooding and tornadoes have killed at least 40 across Texas, Oklahoma and  the Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna, with more than a dozen people still unaccounted for.

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Wildfires Force Mass Evacuation of Alberta Oil Sands Staff

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

Wildfires force suspension of tenth of Alberta’s oil sands output

Statoil Canada, MEG Energy  and Cenovus Energy have evacuated hundreds of oil sands staff from three projects—Christina Lake, Narrows Lake and  Leismer—in NE Alberta, as raging wildfires threaten the major oil-producing region.

“At least 233,000 barrels per day of oil sands production, nine per cent of Alberta’s total oil sands output, has been suspended in Alberta’s northeast because of the fire risk, said a report.

ALBERTA WILDFIRE Update – May 26, 2015 @ 10:00hrs

  • At least 19 out-of-control wildfires and 50 other forest fires are raging across the province, as of update, A total of 55 wildfires were sparked on Monday, most by lightning.
  • States of Emergency have been declared for several towns due to the fires.
  • A 200-hectare wildfire forced evacuation of approximately 5,000 residents of Wabasca.
  • The fiercest fires include
    1. 10km  from the hamlet of Wabasca.
    2. 22km east of Slave Lake (see also Slave Lake Hit by Back-to-Back Disasters).
    3. 40km  NW of Cold Lake (see also Another Dark Day for Global Climate, Environment).
  • Alberta has experienced 687 wildfires that have burned 18,435.22 hectares between April 1 and May 26, 2015, according to the latest government update.
  • Officials have evacuated several towns threatened by fires throughout the province.
  • Alberta has deployed more than 1,300 wildland fire crews and about 100 aircraft to control the fires.
  • Alberta has declared a province-wide fire ban.

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Deadly Weather in Texas Destroys/ Damages Thousands of Homes

Posted by feww on May 27, 2015

States of Disaster declared for 46 Texas counties

Deadly weather has killed at least 20 people in Texas and Oklahoma and left more than a dozen missing, said reports.

Gov. Abbott Extends the Disaster Declaration

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued Emergency Disaster Proclamations on May 11, May 15 and May 25, 2015, certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in many Texas counties. Severe weather, tornadoes and flooding continue in these and other counties in Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I hereby amend my proclamations of May 11, May 15 and May 25, 2015, and declare a disaster in Archer, Bastrop, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Collin, Comal, Cooke, Denton, Dewitt, Eastland, Fannin, Gaines, Garza, Grayson, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Kendall, Montague, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Parker, Red River, San Jacinto, Smith, Van Zandt, Walker, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, and Zavala counties.

Tsunami-like walls of water have destroyed homes and swept away people over the weekend in Central Texas.

“A record surge 44 feet high sped down the Blanco River late Sunday, demolishing homes and businesses, Hays County Commissioner Will Conley said. The previous record on the river was 32 feet, recorded in 1926,” said a report.

Floodwaters submerged large areas of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US, destroying or damaging more than 4,000 homes.

At least 4,000 properties have sustained “significant damage,” local media reported the Mayor Annise Parker as saying.

Dozens of homes in in Hays County have been completely destroyed and more than 1,400 others damaged, said reports.

Oklahoma Gov. amends Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for all 77 counties

“In light of continued storm and flooding damage over the weekend, Governor Fallin today amended an executive order declaring a state of emergency in 44 counties to a statewide emergency declaration. All 77 counties are now in a state of emergency. Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions,” said a statement issued by her office.

More severe storms, bringing additional rain, hail and tornadoes, are forecast to pound Oklahoma and Texas this week.

Twister devastates Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna

The Mexican city of Ciudad Acuna was devastated by a tornado which struck early Monday, killing at least 13 people.

The twister destroyed up to 800 homes (destruction toll varies between 200 and 800 properties) and damaged thousands more buildings.

The twister was the first ever to hit Ciudad Acuna since the city was founded more than 100 years ago, local media quoted the Mayor as saying.

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Texas Declares States of Disaster in 24 Additional Counties

Posted by feww on May 26, 2015

Gov. Abbott Adds 24 Counties To Disaster Declaration

The governor of Texas has declared States of Disaster in 24 additional counties, bringing the total to 37, as severe weather and deadly flash flooding leave trails of destruction across the state.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on May 11, 2015, certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties in the State of Texas. On May 15, 2015, I amended my proclamation of May 11, 2015, to include Cooke, Grimes, Hood, Navarro, Smith and Wise counties. Severe weather, tornadoes and flooding continue in these and other counties in Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in Archer, Bastrop, Bosque, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Dewitt, Eastland, Fannin, Gaines, Grayson, Grimes, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Kendall, Montague, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Parker, San Jacinto, Smith, Van Zandt, Walker, Wichita, Wilson and Wise counties.

At least 5 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma, and more than a dozen are missing.

“This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen,” said Abbott.

“It is absolutely massive,” he said, describing the relentless power of the wave of water as “tsunami-like.”

The Lone Star State has also been pounded by tornadoes, heavy rain and thunderstorms that have forced mass evacuations.

Meantime, a 9-pm to 7-am curfew in Wimberley and San Marcos was extended for a second night on Monday, said Hays County officials.

Tornado kills 13 in Mexico-Texas border city

A tornado has swept through Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, destroying homes and tossing cars. At least 13 people were killed, and five others reported as missing, officials said.

The twister, which has destroyed or damaged about 800 homes, was the first ever to hit Ciudad Acuna since the city was founded more than 100 years ago, local media quoted the Mayor as saying.

 

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Texas Judge Declares Hays County a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on May 25, 2015

Flooding in Texas leaves more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed

Flooding in Texas town of San Marcos [pop: ~ 55,000] has left more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed, prompting the Hays County Judge to issue a disaster declaration.

“Once they told me the extent of damage and potential damage, we declared it a disaster area,” Judge Dr. Bert Cobb was quoted as saying.

“The flow and height is double what [it] was when it was at its highest in 1929,” said San Marcos Emergency Management Commander, describing the Blanco River that flows through San Marcos, said a report.

[The river crested at more than 13m (43ft), about 10m above the flood stage, and 2.1m higher than the 1929 record.]

At least three people have been killed and several reported as missing in flash flooding and severe storms across the region, officials said late on Sunday.

A man was killed in the floods that inundated San Marcos, and two others lost their lives in Oklahoma.

Thousands of people have been evacuated across the region.

Earlier, State of Disaster declared was also declared in Caldwell County, Texas as San Marcos River threatened to inundate the area.

A State of Emergency was declared for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday.

Severe weather in Houston caused an apartment building to collapse, injuring at least two people and severely damaging 10 of the 41 units, said the Houston Fire Department.

More severe weather and flooding rains possible on Memorial Day

Widespread strong to severe storms will be possible again on Memorial Day from south Texas across the Plains into the Midwest. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are all possible especially across much of Texas. In addition, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of Texas, increasing the flash and river flooding concerns with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain possible. [Source: NWS]

 

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Texas Judge Declares County a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on May 25, 2015

Flooding in Texas leaves more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed

Flooding in San Marcos [pop: ~ 55,000] has left more than 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed, prompting the Hays County Judge to issue a disaster declaration.

“Once they told me the extent of damage and potential damage, we declared it a disaster area,” Judge Dr. Bert Cobb was quoted as saying.

“The flow and height is double what [it] was when it was at its highest in 1929,” said San Marcos Emergency Management Commander, describing the Blanco River that flows through San Marcos, said a report.

[The river crested more than 13m (43ft), about 10m above the flood stage, and 2.1m higher than the 1929 record.]

At least two people have been killed in flash flooding and severe storms in the region, one each in Texas and Oklahoma, officials said on Sunday.

Earlier, State of Disaster declared was also declared in Caldwell County, Texas as San Marcos River threatened to inundate the area.

A State of Emergency was declared for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday.

More severe weather and flooding rains possible on Memorial Day

Widespread strong to severe storms will be possible again on Memorial Day from south Texas across the Plains into the Midwest. Isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and hail are all possible especially across much of Texas. In addition, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for parts of Texas, increasing the flash and river flooding concerns with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain possible. [Source: NWS]

 

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Mass Evacuations Ordered as Texas, Oklahoma Floods Worsen

Posted by feww on May 24, 2015

State of Emergency declared for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday

  • State of Disaster declared in Caldwell County, Texas as San Marcos River threatens to inundate the area.

The Oklahoma City metro area recorded up to 15cm of rain, as the city broke an all time record for the wettest 40-day period with 52cm of rainfall.

Major flooding continued along the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, said the National Weather Service (NWS). About 23cm of rain was reported in the area which led to Blanco River rising more than 10.66m (35 feet) in less than 5 hours on Saturday.

Severe weather risk and flash flood potential continue on Sunday: NWS

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected across much of the central and southern Plains on Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has an area of Slight Risk highlighted in Texas for the area with the greatest risk of severe weather; tornadoes, hail and damaging winds are all possible. Flash flooding is also forecast from central Iowa into southern Texas where the heaviest rainfall is expected.

NWS has issued Flood and Flash Flood Warnings and Watches for much of the central and southern Plains including the entire state of Oklahoma  and parts of Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.

A judge in Wichita Falls, Texas, issued an evacuation order Saturday urging the residents of the city and the surrounding county to abandon their homes if they live within a 800 meters of either banks of the Wichita River, according to local reports.

Residents in several other towns and cities in northern Texas and southwestern Oklahoma have also been ordered to evacuate amid the threat of historic flooding.

Hundreds of homes have been inundated across the region as powerful storms continue to spawn extreme rain events.

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Drought Emergencies Declared in 8 Oregon Counties

Posted by feww on May 23, 2015

Drought has caused natural and economic disaster conditions in Oregon —Gov. Brown

Oregon’s Gov. Brown has declared drought emergencies in eight additional counties due to low water conditions caused by drought and  low snow pack levels. The new declaration bring the total to 15, so far this year, compared with 9 counties in 2014.

“Projected precipitation and climatic conditions are not expected to alleviate the continuing drought conditions, and the drought is having significant economic and other impacts on communities and on agricultural, livestock, and natural resources,” said Brown in her Executive Order. “I find that continuing dry conditions, low snowpack, and lack of precipitation have caused natural and economic disaster conditions in Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla, and Wasco Counties.”

“We are going to experience one of the worst droughts in the history of our state. Snowpack is at historic lows and severe water shortages are nearly a certainty in many areas,” Brown said.

“The majority of our state is parched due to the warm winter and lack of snow,” She said. “As we move into summer, many areas of the state are going to dry out very quickly, likely leading to a difficult fire season as well as water shortages. We need our state, local and federal partners to be prepared as our communities grapple with hot and dry conditions.”

Brown declared drought emergencies in Baker, Crook, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Malheur and Wheeler counties in April.

“The drought means water shortages for farming and ranching operations, as well as to low river and stream levels. While recreational areas around the state are open for business as we head into Memorial Day weekend, long-term forecasts continue to call for temperatures well above normal,” said the Governor’s office in a statement.

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Huge Cracks Split the Ground in Peru

Posted by feww on May 17, 2015

State of Emergency Declared in Peru after Huge Cracks in Ground Threaten Village

Deep cracks caused by heavy rains threaten to swallow village, terrify residents: Report

Peru has declared a state of emergency in part of the country after torrential rains caused deep cracks to appear in a village, terrifying residents, AFP reported.

The gaping crevasses have worsened over several weeks in the northern Ancash region, making some houses uninhabitable and prompting the government to declare a state of emergency.

The cracks looked similar to faults caused by earthquakes, but experts said heavy rains in March and April caused soil shifts and the expansion and contraction of earth, causing the ground to split.

“The earth does not shake, we saw a crack in the morning and in the afternoon it grew,” a resident in Socosbamba told the local TV station.

The initial state of emergency will last for 60 days, allowing the authorities to try and deal with the crisis, said the report.

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Washington Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

Posted by feww on May 16, 2015

Glacier lilies blooming on Olympic Peninsula, instead of 200cm of snow

Gov. Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency for Washington on Friday. Snowpack is at historic lows, rivers are dwindling and irrigation districts are forced to cut off water to farmers. 

Snowpack in the mountains has dropped to less than 16 percent of normal levels statewide.

On May 1, the Natural Resources Conservation Service found 11 snow sites in Washington that are snow free for the first time ever. Of the 98 snow sites the Conservation Service measured in Washington, 66 of them are currently snow free.

In April, 78 percent of streams statewide were running “below or much below normal,” with some already at historic lows, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

“We’re really starting to feel the pain from this snowpack drought,” Inslee said. “Impacts are already severe in several areas of the state. Difficult decisions are being made about what crops get priority water and how best to save fish.”

Crop loss resulting from the drought is projected at $1.2 billion this year, said the Washington Department of Agriculture.

  • To protect crops in the state’s most productive agricultural region — the Yakima Basin—irrigation districts are turning off water for weeks at a time to try to extend water supplies longer into the summer.
  • In the Walla Walla region, water is being shifted from creek to creek to keep water flowing for steelhead, Chinook and bull trout. Fish are even being hauled farther upstream to cooler water.
  • On the Olympic Peninsula, instead of 80 inches of snow now, flowers like glacier lilies are blooming.
  • The Department of Natural Resources expects more early-season and higher-elevation wildfires amid the continuing drought..

Notable quotes…

“We’re really starting to feel the pain from this snowpack drought. Impacts are already severe in several areas of the state. Difficult decisions are being made about what crops get priority water and how best to save fish.” Gov. Inslee

“This drought is unlike any we’ve ever experienced. Rain amounts have been normal but snow has been scarce. And we’re watching what little snow we have quickly disappear.” Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon

State of Emergency Declared on March 13, 2015

Inslee declared a drought emergency for three Washington regions on March 13, 2015 when statewide snowpack  averaged 27 percent of normal. The proclamation was for the Olympic Peninsula, on the east side of the central Cascade Mountains including Yakima and Wenatchee, and the Walla Walla region, which are vital to apple and wine production, said the governor’s office.

 

 

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