Evacuation

LLANO, Texas | Floods destroy bridge, force evacuations in Central Texas

LLANO, Texas  — Fast-moving floodwaters destroyed a bridge, forced the evacuation of riverside homes and led to numerous water rescues in Central Texas on Tuesday after more than a foot of rain fell in recent days. The bridge crumbled as it was overrun by the bloated, roiling Llano River in Kingsland, about 65 miles (105 … Continue reading LLANO, Texas | Floods destroy bridge, force evacuations in Central Texas

KIEV, Ukraine | Fire at Ukraine’s ammunition depot forces massive evacuation

KIEV, Ukraine  — Ukrainian officials say that a fire at an ammunition depot in Ukraine has forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. There have been no injuries. The Emergencies Ministry says the blaze at the warehouse in the eastern Chernihiv region erupted early Tuesday. The ministry said the depot contained about 88,000 metric … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Fire at Ukraine’s ammunition depot forces massive evacuation

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Ferry with nearly 300 people onboard stranded in Baltic Sea

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A ferry with around 300 people on board was stranded in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday after the ship experienced engine failure, the Danish operator said. No injuries were reported and an evacuation wasn’t immediately necessary. The breakdown aboard the Regina Seaways produced smoke, which triggered the ship’s fire extinguishing system in … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Ferry with nearly 300 people onboard stranded in Baltic Sea

BLADENBORO, N.C. | Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence’s fury

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence’s latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas. It was their second evacuation in a week. They were among 100 people rescued with helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation in … Continue reading BLADENBORO, N.C. | Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence’s fury

North Carolina News: Governor Roy Cooper Orders Evacuation Ahead of Historic, Life-threatening Hurricane Florence

State Evacuation Ordered for Vulnerable Coastal Areas Read Executive Order Here RALEIGH, NC – With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas.  The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal … Continue reading North Carolina News: Governor Roy Cooper Orders Evacuation Ahead of Historic, Life-threatening Hurricane Florence

Sourth Carolina News: Governor Henry McMaster Orders Mandatory Evacuations for Coastal Counties Effective Tomorrow, September 11 at Noon

Governor Also Issues Executive Order Closing Specific Schools and State Government Offices to Ease Traffic COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, in coordination with local officials, has issued Executive Order 2018-29, which orders the evacuation of coastal South Carolina residents for their personal safety as Hurricane Florence approaches.  Residents in all hurricane evacuation zones must … Continue reading Sourth Carolina News: Governor Henry McMaster Orders Mandatory Evacuations for Coastal Counties Effective Tomorrow, September 11 at Noon

GENOA, Italy | Firefighters checking source of creaking noises from bridge

GENOA, Italy— Firefighters in the Italian city of Genoa have suspended an operation to allow evacuated residents to retrieve their belongings from homes under a bridge that partially collapsed, after workers heard creaking noises coming from the structure. The news agency ANSA reported Monday that officials have ruled out that the sound could be caused … Continue reading GENOA, Italy | Firefighters checking source of creaking noises from bridge

THACKERSVILLE, Okla. | Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

THACKERSVILLE, Okla.  — At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed. WinStar World Casino and Resort says in a statement posted on Twitter Saturday that the resort began an evacuation … Continue reading THACKERSVILLE, Okla. | Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

U.S. Department of State News: Evacuation of the White Helmets From Southwest Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States welcomes the safe evacuation of more than 400 members of the Syrian Civil Defense, otherwise known as the White Helmets, and their families from southwest Syria.  We are glad that these ‎brave volunteers, who have saved thousands of lives, are now … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Evacuation of the White Helmets From Southwest Syria

Hawaii News: Governor Ige signs Emergency Proclamation for Hawaii Island in wake of volcanic eruption

HONOLULU, HI – Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation Thursday evening, after a lava flow emerged at the Leilani Estates residential subdivision which is located within the East Rift Zone of the Kilauea volcano.  The lava is flowing onto streets in the subdivision, which consists of about 770 structures.  The lava flow has … Continue reading Hawaii News: Governor Ige signs Emergency Proclamation for Hawaii Island in wake of volcanic eruption

Gas leak repaired in central London after evacuation

LONDON/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— British officials say a leaky gas pipe has been repaired after shutting down parts of central London. Officials say normal traffic and train service has resumed in the Strand area after around 1,450 people had been evacuated as a precaution. The leak was reported at around 2 a.m. Tuesday (0200 GMT; 9 … Continue reading Gas leak repaired in central London after evacuation

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A powerful earthquake struck off an island in the Gulf of Alaska, prompting a tsunami threat that sent the state’s residents along the southern coast and western Canada fleeing for higher ground just after midnight Tuesday. After a few intense hours, the tsunami warning was canceled, allowing people to return home … Continue reading Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

Report: Systemic failures caused crisis at California dam

SAN FRANCISCO/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— “Long-term and systemic failures” by California officials and regulators to recognize inherent construction and design flaws caused last year’s near-disaster at the tallest U.S. dam, an independent panel of dam safety experts said Friday. Members of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials and the U.S. Society on Dams carried out … Continue reading Report: Systemic failures caused crisis at California dam

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

MONTECITO, Calif. / December 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into “a ghost town” as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland came … Continue reading Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

Red Cross Provides Shelter and Comfort as 7 Large Wildfires Burn in Southern California

People Urged to Listen to Local Officials and Heed Evacuation Orders WASHINGTON, DC/December 8, 2017 (STL.News) – More wildfires broke out overnight in Southern California, pushing the number of people forced to leave their homes to nearly 200,000. In the midst of the devastation, the American Red Cross is making sure those affected have a … Continue reading Red Cross Provides Shelter and Comfort as 7 Large Wildfires Burn in Southern California

Southern California fires forces thousands to flee homes

SANTA PAULA, Calif./December 5, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Ferocious Santa Ana winds raking Southern California whipped explosive wildfires Tuesday, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of homes. The biggest blaze broke out Monday in Ventura County and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles (124 sq. kilometers) in the hours that followed, sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said. … Continue reading Southern California fires forces thousands to flee homes

Is Hurricane Irma the ‘Big One’ Florida has dreaded?

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL/September 8, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — They call it the Big One — a mythic, massive hurricane that would obliterate the densely populated southeast coast. And it has long been the stuff of Florida’s nightmares. Irma, it appears, could be it. The storm has triggered near panic in a region of more than 6 … Continue reading Is Hurricane Irma the ‘Big One’ Florida has dreaded?

Airline seats disappearing as Irma approaches Florida

September 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) Airlines are adding last-minute flights out of Florida after people snapped up seats to escape Hurricane Irma. American, United and Delta all said Thursday that they were adding flights leaving from South Florida in the next couple days. Some airlines capped their fares amid reports of price-gouging. Hotel rooms in northern Florida … Continue reading Airline seats disappearing as Irma approaches Florida

Traffic nightmare as 500K people told to leave Florida

MIAMI, FL/September 7, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The race to flee Hurricane Irma became a marathon nightmare for many as more than a half-million people were ordered to leave South Florida on Thursday. With the storm barreling toward the tip of Florida for perhaps a catastrophic blow this weekend, normally quick trips turned into daylong journeys … Continue reading Traffic nightmare as 500K people told to leave Florida

Nearly 200,000 remain under evacuation near California dam

OROVILLE, Calif./February 13, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders Monday as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled flood waters if it fails. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville — one of California’s largest man-made lakes … Continue reading Nearly 200,000 remain under evacuation near California dam