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Possible Flooding And Blizzards In North Texas After Weekend Tornadoes
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People paddle past a flooded house as water that breached dams upstream continues to reach the eastern part of the state on October 8, 2015 in Andrews, S.C. Many dams in the state — and across the country — are in need of repair. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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18 Dams Breached And Death Toll Rises In S.C. Flooding
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Death Toll in Record Carolinas Flooding Now At 13
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Floodwaters from the burst Kinugawa River (left) flow into a residential area (right) in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Thursday. The city is northeast of Tokyo. Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A view of Pearlington, Miss., 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The East Pearl River and St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana are to the left. David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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In Town Hard-Hit By Katrina, Buyouts Offer Opportunity — For Lucky Few
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This is a calculated flood map for the city of St. Louis. Water depth goes from deep (dark blue) to shallow (white, light blue). Floodwater can come from the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers, as well as from heavy local precipitation. Courtesy of Dag Lohmann/Katrisk hide caption

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph
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A man shoots a tranquilizer dart to put a hippopotamus to sleep at a flooded street in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Sunday. At least eight people died and several are missing as a result of heavy rainfall and floods overnight in the Georgian capital. Beso Gulashvili/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Texas Cattle Ranchers Whipsawed Between Drought And Deluge
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Cindy Minnix waits for a bus in a flooded street on Oct. 18, 2012, in Miami Beach. A changing climate is making floods related to high tides more frequent, scientists say. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides
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A car is abandoned on a flooded street following heavy rains and flash flooding in Bay Shore, N.Y., on Wednesday. The South Shore of Long Island along with the tri-state region saw record-setting rain that caused roads to flood. Andrew Theodorakis/Getty Images hide caption

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