Disasters

Stop Storing Hazardous Rail Cars Here, Neighborhood Association Says

"Calling them potential 'weapons of mass destruction,' the Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association has demanded that the city of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad stop allowing rail cars and railroad tanker cars loaded with hazardous materials to be parked along the 2-mile stretch of tracks along Leake Avenue.

The association has been exchanging letters with city and Public Belt officials for more than two years over the practice, but both have refused to change the present policy of using that stretch of track as a temporary parking area.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/05/2016

"Earthquake Rattles Oklahoma; One Of Strongest Recorded In State"

"An earthquake struck northern Oklahoma early Saturday morning, rattling houses and waking residents in the region around Pawnee, about 74 miles north of Oklahoma City. Preliminary measurements show the quake had a magnitude of 5.6 — believed to be one of the strongest in state history."

Source: NPR, 09/05/2016

"Thousands of Homes Keep Flooding, Yet They Keep Being Rebuilt Again"

"The U.S. National Flood Insurance Program, which holds policies for more than 5 million homes, is $23 billion in debt after a string of natural disasters this century. As climate change further strains the program, analysts say it is time to shift its focus from rebuilding to mitigating risk."

Source: YaleE360, 08/31/2016

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