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Hurricane Harvey Drone Footage is Absolutely Heartbreaking

We’ve all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that’s still taking place. Read More >>

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Good Luck Repairing the Badly Damaged Oroville Dam

For three weeks in February, torrents of water rushed down the emergency spillway at Oroville dam, prompting fears that the entire structure would collapse. New images show what’s left of the 3,000-foot long concrete spillway — and the tremendous challenge that now confronts repair crews. Read More >>

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Louisiana Deals With Unprecedented Flooding as Water Levels Continue to Rise

Parts of America’s Deep South are in the middle of experiencing out-of-control flooding, and the waters are continuing to rise. Read More >>

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Unprecedented Flooding Leaves US City Suburb Looking Like a ‘War Zone’

Heavy flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, this weekend left two people dead and necessitated the rescue of 100 others, in what one county executive described as the worst destruction in generations. Read More >>

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What It Looks Like When a Dam Releases 13,000 Cubic Feet of Water Per Second

Water is a powerful motherf****r and our dams are there to control all that might. But sometimes they need to pump some of that water out. This is them doing that in the video. Or well, that’s what the dam is trying to do. The floodwater looks more like it’s exploding away. Read More >>

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NYC is Actually Building These Radical Storm-Proofing Systems

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy tore into NYC, the city's still not much more prepared than it was then. So news that the US Federal Government has doled out £322.6 million to fund a handful of flood-proofing infrastructure projects this week is a welcome surprise. Not to mention that the systems look pretty damn cool. Read More >>

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How Far Underwater Will Your Sofa be Come Climate Apocalypse?

That building to the left is where Gizmodo UK is based. If the ice caps melt that's what it'll look like. Getting to Marylebone station for a Cornish pasty at lunch time is going to be quite the struggle. The image comes via World Underwater, which "mashes up" location data with flood pics to broadly illustrate (and wildly exaggerate) our possible future. [World Underwater] Read More >>

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Good Rail News Shocker! Flood-Hit Dawlish Line to Re-Open Ahead of Schedule

It's been a rough start to the year if you live in the South West of England, with terrible weather and flooding offering little to smile about. Read More >>

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Earthquakes Join in With Kicking the UK While it’s Down

It's all gone biblical down in the south west, with the epic flooding now joined by a new form of catastrophe -- the earthquake. Residents in as far afield places as Ilfracombe and Swansea experienced a 4.1 magnitude quake yesterday, as God callously moved another chess piece on his board of doom. Read More >>

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Careful, the Great Flood is Washing Up Unexploded WWII Bombs

The monstrous storms and very big waves we've been battered by so far in 2014 have been producing some exciting finds for beachcombers, with unexploded bombs turning up to worry dog walkers on some parts of our coastline. Read More >>

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Locals Suggest £90k Anti-Flood Sausage Won’t Work

This enormous thing has become known as the Chertsey Sausage, the media-friendly name for a temporary flood barrier the army and Environment Agency have stuck alongside roads in Surrey. Some like it, some try to climb it, some think it's a waste of time. Read More >>

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UK Flood Panic Triggers the Largest Emergency Response Since WWII Blitz

The UK is currently gripped by the sort of "Blitz Spirit" not seen since we all cheered when that nice man won his gold medal in the long jump back at London 2012, with a government minister claiming the fire and rescue response currently bailing out houses across the country is the largest mobilisation of trucks and blokes since WWII. Read More >>

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This Man’s £10K Mud Fortress Can’t Defend His Home from Flooding

Even the best-laid plans are being dashed by the flooding affecting large swathes of the south-west of Britain at the moment. If this man's £10,000, JCB-built mud walls can't stop his home from being overwhelmed, what chance do those making do with sandbags have? Read More >>

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The UK Floods in Pictures: South West Submerged as Waters Break Defences

Two months of heavy rains and stormy weather has left large swathes of the UK a soggy, sodden mess. Floods have caused damage to some 1,600 properties (mainly in the South West of England), and there seems little sign of the sorry weather abating. Read More >>