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Wave Kills Passenger on MS Marco Polo While Valentine’s Day Storm Slams UK

A unusually large wave killed an 85 year old man and injured a woman in her 70s on the cruise ship MS Marco Polo in the English Channel, as it headed for its home port of Tilbury, in Essex.  Both were … Continue reading

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Storm Surge Barriers for New York Harbor? Would They Do Enough?

Rotterdam, London, St. Petersburg, and Toyko all have storm surge barriers to protect low-lying areas from flooding.  In the United States, Stamford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and New Bedford, Massachusetts all have storm barriers.  Should New York, which suffered significant flooding two years in a … Continue reading

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New York’s South Street Seaport Museum – the Good and Really, Really Bad News

The area around the South Street Seaport on the East River in lower Manhattan was particularly hard hit by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.  The rising water reached the first floor eaves, devastating homes and businesses. The only good news was that the seven historic vessels at … Continue reading

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Record-breaking floods force engineers to blow up Mississippi River levee

Last week we posted that the Ohio River may be too high to allow the running of the Great Steamboat Race on May 4th.    The river has just kept rising.   Tonight the Army Corps of Engineers will blow up … Continue reading

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Panama Canal closes due to flooding

In only the third time in 96 years, the Panama Canal closed yesterday due to flooding. After being shut down for ten hours it reopened early this morning.   Heavy rains around the Chagres River, caused the water in Lake Gatun, a significant part … Continue reading

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