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2011-07-30 00:01:02

Flood damage company offers safety tips for those fleeing from rising waters. Most flood related deaths occur during evacuation attempts. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 29, 2011 In the last few days, severe storms have dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of the Tri-States, flooding out streets and causing massive flood damage to residential and commercial structures. Local authorities report that up to 15 inches of rain fell in Dubuque Iowa since Wednesday, prompting the local fire...

2011-05-08 19:25:00

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich., May 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Historical flooding is threatening to cover a large portion of Memphis, Tennessee over the next two weeks as the Mississippi River rises. The office of emergency management for Shelby County Tennessee has predicted flood damages could impact several hundred businesses, thousands of homes and numerous schools. The Mississippi River is predicted to crest on Thursday over forty eight feet, its highest recorded level since 1937. The swollen...

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2009-09-04 11:09:34

Research on the geophysical aspects of flooding could be key to developing new, real-time flood warning and forecasting systems In the early 17th century, William Shakespeare wrote, "Great floods have flown from simple sources." It turns out Shakespeare's conclusion holds up: Scientists are now showing that small streams may hold the secret to great floods. In June 2008, no one fully expected flood waters to reach the 500-year-flood level in Iowa. The deluge overwhelmed streams and breeched...

2008-12-27 16:17:12

Additional steps will be taken to better protect valuable artwork being kept at temporary galleries in Iowa following last summer's floods, an official says. Czech & Slovak Museum President Gail Naughton said in the wake of more than $15 million in damage to the collections at four eastern Iowa museums hit by flooding in June, provisions are now in place to prevent further damage at the replacement sites, The Des Moines (Iowa) Register reported Saturday. Naughton's museum in Cedar Rapids...

2008-07-03 21:00:12

By BRUCE RUSHTON CANTON, Mo. - Levee failures on the other side of a flooding river often bring respites. While one side gets flooded, levees on the other side get relief from rising waters. Mississippi River lore is rich with tales of worried landowners dynamiting levees on the far bank to save their own property. But Illinois reached across the Great Muddy on Tuesday to help Canton, a town about 25 miles north of Quincy. And Canton desperately needed the truckload of sandbags that...

2008-06-29 12:00:10

By Betsy Taylor Associated Press WINFIELD, Mo. -- A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of the small community of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river. About 300 National Guard soldiers worked nearly 20 hours to build a levee around a cluster of 100 homes in the flood plain after the river ripped through another levee there early Friday. Officials hoped the barrier would...

2008-06-28 00:02:20

By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) - Strong Midwestern downpours might force residents to wait even longer to return to homes they evacuated because of fears of flooding, emergency management officials said Thursday. Parts of northeast Missouri and west-central Illinois got as much as an inch of rainfall overnight Wednesday after powerful downpours the night before. Weather systems rolling across Iowa were expected to produce more rain Thursday and today, the National Weather Service...

2008-06-22 00:00:18

By The Associated Press FORT ATKINSON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Jim Doyle said the state is moving out of a crisis caused by severe flooding and into a stage of assessing damage and cleaning up."We're moving out of the emergency stage," he said Friday after touring hard-hit Jefferson County cities of Fort Atkinson and Jefferson in a National Guard helicopter. Earlier in the day he toured Janesville and Beloit in Rock County.Doyle predicted Jefferson County and four others would soon be declared...

2008-06-21 12:00:23

By Diane Heldt, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jun. 21--IOWA CITY -- The cleanup and recovery after a flood can be more dangerous than the flooding, with greater risk for injury and infection as people deal with stagnant water, mold and air and water quality problems, University of Iowa public health experts said Friday. As a flooding disaster like that in Eastern Iowa enters the more protracted "stage two" -- cleanup and recovery -- displaced residents and others must protect...

2008-06-19 18:00:03

U.S. President George Bush toured the flood-stricken Iowa communities of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Thursday as federal officials discussed recovery plans. Air Force One landed at The Eastern Iowa Airport after 11 a.m. and the president huddled with 50 state, federal, county and local officials at the Emergency Management Operations Center at a local community college, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. Bush, joined by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and former Iowa Rep. Jim Nussle, was greeted...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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