This winter's flooding in Northern California has done more than bring relief after years of drought; it's created the prospect of the best gold prospecting in 20 years. Gold hunters in the area tell the Chico Enterprise-Record the floods have "rearranged the rivers" and "move things around." That means gold veins that have been hidden for 200 years are suddenly exposed. According to CBS San Francisco, the floods also swept gold out of abandoned mines and washed it downriver. While KCRA reports that gold can simply be picked off the ground following major flooding, the best prospecting will come in the summer months when the water has receded.
Torrential rain has triggered flooding in northern Argentina and Uruguay. About 2,000 people have already been evacuated in Argentina's province of Entre Rios, according to Uruguayan newspaper El Pais. Rainfall totals of over 250mm have been reported in regions across both Uruguay and Argentina, causing the river levels to rise. A number of families in Uruguay were preparing to be evacuated from the homes on Wednesday, after the Joint Technical Commission of Salto Grande announced that the Uruguay River was expected to rise to 12 metres at Puerto Salto. Northern Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil often endure flooding during El Nino, when the waters of the Pacific Ocean are warmer than usual.
Flooding will become so bad in parts of England over the next 30 years that the emergency services will struggle to respond to life-threatening incidents in time. Researchers found that ambulances and fire brigades will struggle to reach locals in some areas within the target seven-minute window for life-threatening incidents. The team looked at how response times change across the country under various adverse weather conditions -- including both 30-year and 100-year floods. Under a 30-year event, only 70 per cent of the population could be reached by an ambulance in less than eight minutes -- and only 61 per cent in a 100-year flood. When flooding occurs, demand for emergency services -- especially, ambulance, fire and rescue -- rise considerably, as roads can get congested or even impassable.
More than 300 farmers, landowners and business owners argued in the lawsuit filed in 2014 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the Corps has altered its practices regarding the river's water storage, release and flow management. The suit contended the Corps unconstitutionally deprived plaintiffs of their land, essentially taking it without compensation.