Flooding in SC

The Diva is trying to determine if there are enough interesting/unique characteristics of the SC flooding to warrant a case study. If you have any comments on that point, please send them.

Two bits of information from the many newsclips available today:

With so much water, officials said it could take weeks or even months to assess every road and bridge that’s been closed around the state. Several interstates around Columbia were closed, and so was a 75-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that is a key route connecting Miami to Washington, D.C. and New York.

“This is different than a hurricane because it is water, it is slow moving and it is sitting. We can’t just move the water out,” Gov. Nikki Haley said at a news conference.

South Carolina floods: climate change intensified conditions, scientists say. Once-in-a-thousand year’ storm along coastline a consequence of the extreme supply of moisture streaming in from hurricane Joaquin. [It seems too early to know the details of the flooding in SC, but this account is from the Guardian.]

I have read a lot of news clips and a couple of observations were of interest to me. One is that the Governor reminded people to be patient — the water is due to rain and riverine flooding and will not recede quickly. The second point was from a risk management firm that estimated the damages would be at least $1B.

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Dept. of HHS and Disaster Preparedness

From the Homeland Security Digital Library blog: HHS Launches System to Improve Disaster Preparedness

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Latest OARS listing

Thanks to Don Watson for this latest version of his Organizations Addressing Resilience and Sustainability:  OARS 24. This Oct. 1 update contains over 340 listings. Please contact Don directly if you have a comment or addition.

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Weather Forecasting – U.S. not in lead

From the NYT: Hurricane Joaquin Forecast: Why U.S. Weather Model Has Fallen Behind.With the storm projected to move out to sea, it’s another triumph for European modeling.

As those of us on the Eastern Seaboard who were watching the path of Joaquin closely, it was clear that there were many models being used by forecasters.  It is a good thing that an array of options were possible.

Thanks to Bill Cumming for this citations.

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Readiness for Pet Animals

Cute video from the White House (and its pets) re preparedness for animals.

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Why So Many Mass Shootings in the U.S.?

Why the U.S. has the most mass shootings.

Update:  From CNN a chart showing the number of deaths from terrorist events as compared with those from firearms in the U.S. Definitely makes you wonder about our national priorities!

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What Canadians Need to Worry About

Some familiar, some less familiar natural disasters could prove costly.

Note to folks in the U.S.:  you too may have these risks!

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