Race Against Rain: Oroville Dam Must Drain 50 Feet by Wednesday

Officials are releasing water from the Oroville Dam, the nation’s highest, at the astonishing rate of 100,000 cubic feet per second, with the goal of lowering the lake’s elevation by 50 feet before a week of rain and snow hits the region Wednesday.

Oroville Dam main spillway (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Israeli Aid Delegation To Help Louisiana Flood Victims

TEL AVIV – Israeli NGO IsraAid is sending a humanitarian delegation to Louisiana to assist flood victims in salvaging their property, return to their homes, and begin the process of rehabilitation.

Evacuees take advantage of the shelter setup in the The Baton Rouge River Center arena as the area deals with the record flooding that took place causing thousands of people to seek temporary shelter on August 19, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water …

Obama Touts Government Services at SxSW, Denies Disaster Aid to Texans

President Barack Obama was in Texas on Friday attending the annual SxSW event where he told millennials and others that government “does great things” because it “is delivering for everybody in this room.” His lecture was to those “who despise every level of government.” He did not tell the Texans who had their homes and businesses destroyed and damaged from severe weather and fires that he has denied them financial assistance.

2016 SXSW - President Obama Keynote

El Niño Killing Texans, but Californians at Greater Risk

California has failed to upgrade its flood control dams to prepare for the type of El Niño killing machine that cost the lives of up to eight Texans this weekend due to record thunderstorms, flooding and 50 mile-per-hour prevailing winds.

The Associated Press

Are Atmospheric Rivers the Answer to California’s Drought?

Torrential, fast-moving rainstorms caused by atmospheric rivers, or ribbons of water vapor extending thousands of miles in the sky, could be the answer to a three-year drought, an answer for which California is desperate.

California drought (AP)