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Saxony, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have all been struck by torrential downpour as the German Weather Service issued its highest possible warning. The heavy rain is expected to last until Friday.

 

Dozens dead and even more still missing.

 

 

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9 hours ago, sblfilms said:

Flooding is scary stuff. It's particularly disturbing at night when you can't easily see the water creeping up, but the rain keeps coming.

Get yourself a high powered flashlight. Its one of the most important items in an emergency kit. 

 

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This is a nice "all included" kit

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1 hour ago, Uaarkson said:

This has been the rainiest, coolest July in Michigan I can remember in my entire life.

 

Here it has alternated between the hottest year we've ever had (and dry), and then sudden, huge rainstorms. That's bad because plants/crops can't take the prolonged heat, and the water that does come mostly washes away due to the volume. What we need are steady rainfalls/snows over the year.

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At this point, no more survivors are expected to be found which means the death toll could be in the thousands.

 

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A relief official dampened hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, as a poll showed many Germans felt policymakers had not done enough to protect them.

 

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A relief official dampened hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, as a poll showed many Germans felt policymakers had not done enough to protect them.

 

At least 170 people died in last week's flooding, Germany's worst natural disaster in more than half a century, and thousands went missing.

 

"We are still looking for missing persons as we clear roads and pump water out of basements," Sabine Lackner, deputy chief of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

 

Any victims that are found now are likely to be dead, she said.

 

 

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Good lord, that's awful. 

 

 

Between that and the floods in China, wildfires, and the climate change-induced famine in Madagascar, it's been a banner year for human life impacts of climate change. 

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The now-familiar scenes of a city indundated by floods played out in London over the weekend, in a brutal reminder that even some of the world's richest cities are dangerously unprepared for the kind of extreme weather that is becoming more common because of climate change.

 

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The clustering of rain events due to climate change (in other words, similar rainfall over long periods, but concentrated into a lower number of individual events) is going to be disastrous for most major cities. Big cities have far less ability to absorb large amounts of rain since there is a lower density of ground soil to absorb and hold the water. Concrete covering everything is horrible for flooding. Most cities will have underground (or above ground) retention ponds for storms, but they are usually only designed for once-a-year major storms, not once-a-decade (which will now be coming multiple times per year, in some regions).

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37 minutes ago, Uaarkson said:

I have heard Houston has horrendous flooding problems already.

I mean, it is concrete as far as the eye can see. There have actually been some pretty substantial moves post Harvey to try and remedy a lot of the near sighted development driven issues of the last 20 years.

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The storm water treatment in Richmond is so old that if we don't get state and federal funding, annual storm water bills could nearly triple. Alexandria and Lynchburg are in the same boat. No city is ready for the deluge coming in the years ahead

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A magistrate will look at whether possible failings in the alert system led to the country’s worst floods in decades

 

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A Belgian judge has opened an investigation for possible manslaughter over floods there that claimed 38 lives, the prosecutors office in the city of Liege announced.

 

The investigating magistrate has the task of identifying who might be responsible for “involuntary homicide by lack of foresight or precaution” the prosecutors office said in a statement on Wednesday.

 

 

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More than 180 people in India are dead after heavy rains triggered landslides and floods. A man in Hong Kong faces life in prison after being the first person found guilty under the city's new national security law. CBS News foreign correspondent Ian Lee joins "CBSN AM" from London to discuss these stories and more international headlines.

 

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On 7/26/2021 at 5:57 PM, sblfilms said:

I mean, it is concrete as far as the eye can see. There have actually been some pretty substantial moves post Harvey to try and remedy a lot of the near sighted development driven issues of the last 20 years.

Luckily Dallas is pretty green but we'll see how it goes!

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