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Eleven families evacuated as flooding hits near Port Alberni, B.C.

November 9, 2016 The Canadian Press

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. – Eleven families have been evacuated from the Tseshaht First Nation on Vancouver Island as the Somass River surges over its banks in low-lying areas west of Port Alberni, B.C. Rain warnings posted for the central Vancouver

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Crews try to keep massive northern Nevada wildfire at bay

October 17, 2016 The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. – Firefighters in Nevada were hoping to stop a wind-driven wildfire, which has already destroyed 22 homes north of Carson City, from jumping any major roads Saturday. The blaze between Reno and Carson City was only 5 per

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Alberta emergency relief funding following wildfire to end this month

October 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The emergency payment program that has helped approximately 96,000 Wood Buffalo evacuees, forced from their homes in the wake of the massive Fort McMurray wildfire this past May, is ending Oct. 31. The program – which has provided wildfire relief

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Wildfire prompts evacuations of 700 homes in California

August 31, 2016 The Associated Press

BANNING, Calif. – A wildfire that tore through brush east of Los Angeles forced 700 people from their homes for several hours Tuesday and destroyed a small building, officials said. The fast-moving fire prompted the evacuations as it raced through

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Evacuation order, alert in effect for B.C. properties following wildfire

August 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

An evacuation order remains in effect for 156 properties in southern British Columbia as a result of the Bear Creek wildfire. On Sunday, Central Okanagan Emergency Operations (COEO) issued an evacuation order for Bear Creek Provincial Park campground, Trader’s Cove

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Crews make major gains against Southern California wildfire

August 20, 2016 Christopher Weber and Christine Armario - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Lisa Gregory has kept a close eye on the weather since fleeing her home in the woods as a wildfire advanced in Southern California. She doesn’t know when she can return or whether her house was

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PCS re-survey estimates $4.67 billion in insured damage from Fort McMurray wildfire

August 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses arising from the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire are estimated at $4.67 billion, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s Property Claims Services said in a bulletin this week. The wildfire in May was the most expensive natural catastrophe in Canadian history, when

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Wildfire roars into California town, driving out thousands

August 15, 2016 The Associated Press

LOWER LAKE, Calif. – A wildfire destroyed at least 10 homes and forced some 4,000 people to flee as flames jumped a road and moved into a Northern California town still recovering from a devastating wildfire nearly a year ago.

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More than 1,000 rescued in Louisiana floods; 2 dead

August 13, 2016 Bill Fuller, Melinda Deslatte and Michael Kunzelman - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS – National Guard soldiers and other officials in boats and helicopters plucked more than 1,000 people from their homes and cars as “unprecedented, historic” flooding swamped Louisiana, the governor said Saturday, warning that the slow-moving storm would dump

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Destructive California wildfire drives thousands from homes

July 25, 2016 Christopher Weber - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – An unpredictable wildfire that destroyed more than a dozen houses filled skies north of Los Angeles with smoke Monday after driving thousands from their homes. Some evacuees were about to return home Sunday when unexpected winds

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Manitoba wildfires force evacuation of more than 2,000 people

June 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The wildfire program of Manitoba Sustainable Development (MSD) said on Thursday that evacuation orders have been issued by the communities of Easterville and Chemawawin Cree Nation, 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg, due to smoke and threats from fires that have

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Returning Fort McMurray residents finding smelly refrigerators, dandelion lawns

June 1, 2016 Chris Purdy and Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Residents returning to their homes in Fort McMurray are tackling stinking refrigerators and grass grown tall and infested with dandelions as the fire-scarred city slowly springs back to life. A steady stream of traffic is moving