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'Travelers Expect and Deserve Better.’ Officials Investigating Cause of Massive Floods at JFK Airport

'Travelers Expect and Deserve Better.’ Officials Investigating Cause of Massive Floods at JFK AirportA water-pipe burst on Sunday led to disruptions



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Water main break floods terminal, delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

Water main break floods terminal, delays flights at New York's JFK AirportA water main break flooded a baggage claim area at New York's JFK International Airport on Sunday afternoon, delaying international fights into Terminal 4 and soaking luggage.



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Typhoon death toll in Vietnam climbs amid widespread floods

Typhoon death toll in Vietnam climbs amid widespread floodsHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A powerful typhoon that rocked Vietnam has killed at least 44 people, left more than a dozen missing and caused extensive damage to the country's south-central region ahead of a summit that will draw leaders from around the world, the government said Monday.



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Hurricane floods leave Cubans waist-deep in water

Hurricane floods leave Cubans waist-deep in waterResidents of Cuba’s historic capital Havana were waist-deep in floodwaters Sunday after Hurricane Irma swept by, cutting off power and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people. Wild waves were crashing over the seafront of the old colonial city after Irma ravaged Cuba’s northern coast on its way to Florida. “This is catastrophic, because a lot of the buildings here are not prepared for a downpour like this,” said Yanmara Suarez, standing in the street in a yellow t-shirt with water up to her ankles.



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Texas rangers subdue 12ft alligator in Houston floods

Texas rangers subdue 12ft alligator in Houston floodsGame wardens and state troopers were called in to capture a massive alligator after it was displaced by the flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas game wardens posted a tweet of the incident showing five lawmen sitting on top of the alligator. The flooding has forced many alligators in Texas to seek higher ground, in some cases putting them in close contact with humans.



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Heroes On Jet Skis Rescue Trapped Elderly Couple From Texas Floods

Heroes On Jet Skis Rescue Trapped Elderly Couple From Texas FloodsOn Monday, an elderly couple in North Houston was rescued from their flooding home by two men on jet skis.



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Modi's $87 billion river-linking gamble set to take off as floods hit India

Modi's $  87 billion river-linking gamble set to take off as floods hit IndiaBy Mayank Bhardwaj DAUDHAN, India (Reuters) – After years of foot-dragging India will begin work in around a month on an $ 87 billion scheme to connect some of the country’s biggest rivers, government sources say, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi bets on the ambitious project to end deadly floods and droughts. The mammoth plan entails linking nearly 60 rivers, including the mighty Ganges, which the government hopes will cut farmers’ dependence on fickle monsoon rains by bringing millions of hectares of cultivatable land under irrigation. In recent weeks, some parts of India and neighboring Bangladesh and Nepal have been hit by the worst monsoon floods in years, following two years of poor rainfall.



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Could Nearly 600 Gators Escape Reptile Sanctuary After Harvey Floods?

Could Nearly 600 Gators Escape Reptile Sanctuary After Harvey Floods?Big Tex and Big Al, named the two largest alligators in captivity, were photographed lounging in their owners' bedroom.



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Before and after photos: Harvey's devastating floods are clearly visible from space

Before and after photos: Harvey's devastating floods are clearly visible from spaceEven from space, the flooding disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey is clear as day.   New images taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite show the catastrophic flooding in Texas left in the wake of Harvey this week. The new photos are particularly striking when compared with earlier images taken from orbit that show green fields instead of brown, flooded land.  SEE ALSO: Tropical Storm Harvey's mind-blowing stats "Since Aug. 19, DigitalGlobe’s constellation of five high-resolution imaging satellites has taken 77 images of the Texas coastline, totaling more than 180,000 square kilometers from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur,” DigitalGlobe said in a statement.  "Now that the clouds have parted, the imagery is starting to reveal the vast impact of the flooding across the region."  Angleton, TX on April 6, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Angleton, TX on August 30, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Brookshire, TX on November 20, 2016Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Brookshire, TX on August 2016Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Harvey is a record-setting beast of a storm. The storm, which initially hit land as a Category 4 hurricane but then transitioned into a tenacious tropical storm, is now considered the most extreme rainstorm in recorded U.S. history. Harvey dumped more than 19 trillion gallons of water on Texas in less than a week.  The storm produced 51.88 inches of rain at Cedar Bayou, Texas, beating the all-time state and continental U.S. rainfall records for the heaviest rainfall ever seen in a tropical storm or hurricane.  In addition, Harvey brought 30-inches or more of rain to such a large area that it qualifies as an unprecedented rainfall event since record-keeping began in the U.S. 1895. A staggering 23 locations in Texas saw 40 inches or more of rain. To put this into perspective, some areas saw a year's worth of rain in just 4 days or less.  Holiday Lakes, TX on April 3, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Holiday Lakes, TX on August 30, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Rosenberg, TX on April 3, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Rosenberg, TX on August 30, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe In Beaumont, Texas on Aug. 29, 26.03 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. That obliterated the previous record for the wettest day and even beat that city's all-time monthly rainfall record by nearly 4 inches. DigitalGlobe is planning to provide their images for recovery efforts. The full impact of the devastation caused by Harvey is only just starting to become clear as the storm moves away from Texas.  Wharton, TX on October 9, 2016Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Wharton, TX on August 30, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Wharton, TX on October 9, 2016Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe Wharton, TX on August 30, 2017Image: satellite image ©2017 DigitalGlobe
Andrew Freedman contributed reporting to this story. WATCH: Catastrophic floods turn Texas highway into a large body of water with intense waves



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Teenage girl's terrified last message hours before she went missing in Houston floods

Teenage girl's terrified last message hours before she went missing in Houston floodsA 16-year-old girl left a terrified final Facebook post before going missing in the Houston floods. Devy Saldivar is thought to have been killed along with her siblings and great-grandparents after their van was submerged. Devy was travelling in a van along with her great-grandparents and younger siblings Daisy, 6, Xavier, 8, and Dominic, 14, when they were swept away while trying to escape the rising water levels.



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