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Motorists try to move their cars Thursday after being trapped on the flooded southbound Lodge near Dexter after a water main broke near the freeway about 2:30 p.m. Water from a 42-inch main poured down a freeway ramp and rose nearly 4 feet, causing backups. / Photos by William Archie/Detroit Free Press.  Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20120601/NEWS01/206010386/Lodge-reopens-after-flooding-halts-traffic-near-water-main-break

Motorists try to move their cars Thursday after being trapped on the flooded southbound Lodge near Dexter after a water main broke near the freeway about 2:30 p.m. Water from a 42-inch main poured down a freeway ramp and rose nearly 4 feet, causing backups. / Photos by William Archie/Detroit Free Press.
Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20120601/NEWS01/206010386/Lodge-reopens-after-flooding-halts-traffic-near-water-main-break

 

Two Deaths Blamed on Detroit Flooding After Historic Storms

The body of a 100-year-old woman was found in the flooded basement of her suburban Detroit home, the second death that may be related to storms that inundating freeways and stranding drivers. The discovery in Warren was made Tuesday by the woman’s daughter, who went to check on her, police told NBC News. They could not confirm her death was storm-related. On Monday, a series of storms dropped as much as 6.25 inches of rain in the Detroit area and 5.2 inches in Warren, according to NBC affiliate WDIV. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the amount was the highest single-day rainfall in 89 years. At least five freeways in the area remained closed Tuesday…

 

Berkeley appoints first ‘chief resilience officer’

Two community members at Berkeley’s annual city-wide disaster preparedness drill in April 2013. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Two community members at Berkeley’s annual city-wide disaster preparedness drill in April 2013. Photo: Emilie Raguso

As a city, Berkeley prides itself on being prepared. Officials hope the recent appointment of a “resilience officer” to coordinate city-wide defenses against natural disasters will be another step in that direction — this time with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation. In mid-July, Berkeley appointed Timothy Burroughs to the position of chief resilience officer, a new post created as part of the city’s partnership with the 100 Resilient Cities project. Burroughs was formerly the city’s climate action coordinator, working on sustainability efforts in Berkeley. Burroughs will lead “Berkeley’s efforts to prepare for, withstand and bounce back from catastrophic events and chronic stresses,” according to a city memo…

 

1st Joint International Workshop on Urban Design and Disaster Resiliency

The 1st Joint International Workshop on Urban Design and Disaster Resilience was co-hosted by Seoul National University of Science and Technology and UP Diliman College of Architecture. It was held in Seoul, Korea on June 24 – July 3, 2014. The workshop’s objective was to foster international academic exchange and collaboration on special urban design and disaster resiliency projects in Korea and the Philippines…

 

When natural disasters ground flights do you get your money back?

planeA lot of people planning on a tropical getaway saw it slip away after tropical storm Iselle blew into Hawaii early Friday morning. It caused over 50 flights around the world to be cancelled, including two from Vancouver International Airport. When flights are suddenly grounded like this, do travelers automatically get their money back for that lost ticket? Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets says not necessarily. She says you should make sure you are up to speed on what is happening in that part of the world, before you buy any seat. Newell says if an advisory has been issued for that area, and you purchase your ticket after that, you will likely not get your money back…

 

Infrastructure risk and resilience to natural hazards

This event will introduce approaches to reducing the vulnerability of infrastructure in both the design of resilient infrastructure and returning infrastructure assets and networks to normal service following large ‘shocks’ from natural hazards. Understanding and managing risks from natural hazards to infrastructure is a key priority for both infrastructure operators and UK Government. The construction industry and civil engineering community have a key role to play in both the design of resilient infrastructure and returning infrastructure assets and networks to normal service following major events…

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