Structural failures

Roadways and yards are flooded after heavy rain from Tropical Depression Barry fell in Lake Charles, La. Monday, July 15, 2019. Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon, but its torrential rains continued to pose a threat Monday. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri. (Kirk Meche/Lake Charles American Press via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 8:14 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding, but even as it weakened and moved north through Arkansas, its trailing rain bands swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the...
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A man stands in floodwaters at Don'z On the Lake as Tropical Storm Barry's winds push water over the Lake Pontchartrain seawall Saturday, July 13, 2019. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)
July 13, 2019 - 11:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station...
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Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La., as Hurricane Barry approaches Saturday, July 13, 2019. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane, the system quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, about 160 miles (257km) west of New Orleans, with its winds falling to 70 mph (112km), the National Hurricane Center said. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 13, 2019 - 8:07 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Barry rolled into the Louisiana coast Saturday, flooding highways, forcing people to scramble to rooftops and dumping heavy rain that officials had feared could test the levees and pumps that were bolstered after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. After briefly...
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The Mississippi River is at 16 feet, which is just below flood stage, 17 feet, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 11, 2019 ahead of Tropical Storm Barry from the Gulf of Mexico. The river levees protect to about 20 feet, which the river may reach if predicted storm surge prevents the river from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 13, 2019 - 6:09 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and...
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The Mississippi River approaches a levee at left in New Orleans, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Never in the modern history of New Orleans has water from the Mississippi River overtopped the city’s levees. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 12, 2019 - 6:11 am
Even as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Mississippi River's levees held up when those in other parts of the city did not. But as Tropical Storm Barry threatened New Orleans with torrential rains that will test the city's flood defenses this weekend, the height of the city's river...
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This still image taken from video shows bottles and debris on the floor of a liquor store as a result from the earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif., on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest, the same area of the Mojave Desert where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit just a day earlier. (AP Photo/APTN)
July 06, 2019 - 6:08 pm
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California's strongest earthquake in 20 years (all times local): 4 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom says President Donald Trump has called him and expressed commitment to helping California recover from two earthquakes that hit the state in as many days...
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Argenta Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus shows damage after a utilities explosion on Friday, July 5, 2019, in Reno, Nev. Authorities said Friday police officers and firefighters were on scene and advised people to stay away. There was no immediate report of injuries. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)
July 05, 2019 - 5:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A utilities explosion Friday at the University of Nevada, Reno caused the partial collapse of a dormitory building and at least minor injuries, authorities said. Photos posted to social media showed extensive damage spanning multiple floors of the dormitory. Windows were blown out...
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July 03, 2019 - 11:32 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A tornado blew through a city in northeast China, damaging factories and buildings, killing six people and injuring another 190, state media reported Thursday. The tornado hit Kaiyuan, a county-level city in Liaoning province, late Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said in a...
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Rescuers and others gather at the spot after heavy rainfall caused a wall to collapse onto shanties, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. More than a dozen people were killed even as forecasters warned of more rains. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
July 02, 2019 - 6:29 am
MUMBAI, India (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains in western India caused at least three walls to collapse onto huts and city shanties, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens of others, officials said Tuesday, as forecasters warned of more rain. At least 21 people were killed and over 60 others...
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A cloud of dust rises as the remaining spans of the Morandi bridge are demolished in a planned expolosion, in Genoa, Italy, Friday, June 28, 2019. The spectacular planned explosion knocked down the remaining spans and supporting columns of the Italian bridge that collapsed last year, killing 43 people and some 3,500 people who live nearby had been evacuated as a precaution in the last hours; sirens sounded a final warning. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
June 28, 2019 - 4:05 am
GENOA, Italy (AP) — A spectacular planned explosion on Friday knocked down the remaining spans and supporting pillars of the Italian bridge that collapsed last year with the loss of 43 lives. The blast in Genoa at 9:37 a.m. triggered a huge cloud of grayish dust as the pillars and roadbed leaned...
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