Disaster planning and response

In this aerial image provided by Yell County Sheriff's Department water rushes through the levee along the Arkansas River Friday, May 31, 2019, in Dardanelle, Ark. Officials say the levee breached early Friday at Dardanelle, about 60 miles northwest of Little Rock. (Yell County Sheriff's Department via AP)
June 01, 2019 - 2:45 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Crews were making a "last ditch effort" on Saturday to save low-lying parts of a small Arkansas city from floodwaters pouring through a breached levee, as authorities downstream were warning people to leave a neighborhood that sits across the swollen river from the state...
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Rep. John Rose, R-Tenn., a freshman from Cookeville, Tenn., leaves the chamber at the Capitol after he blocked a unanimous consent vote during a scheduled pro forma House session on a long-awaited $19 billion disaster aid bill in the chamber, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and freshman Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, have both blocked passage of the measure in the past week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 30, 2019 - 9:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $19 billion disaster aid bill that's still crawling through Congress highlights the inconsistency of lawmakers, mostly conservatives, who stood resolute against such aid six years ago but demand it now that their states are under water. Then, relative GOP newcomers like Sens...
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A sign reading "Looters will be shot!!" sits in front of a flooded home on Turtle Bay, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. Forecasters say heavy rainfall is intensifying flooding in already saturated areas along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. (Ben Goff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 5:49 pm
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Temporary shelters were housing hundreds of people on Thursday following evacuations along the swollen Arkansas River, where officials kept a close eye on an aging levee system facing enormous pressure from enduring floodwaters. The river held steady at record levels,...
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South Korean navy rescue team members prepare to board a plane to leave for Budapest at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, May 30, 2019. A massive search is underway on the Danube River in downtown Budapest for over a dozen people missing after a sightseeing boat with 33 South Korean tourists sank after colliding with another vessel during an evening downpour. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
May 30, 2019 - 4:01 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on a boat that capsized in the Danube River in Budapest with 33 South Korean tourists (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Hungarian police say they have taken into custody the captain of the cruise ship which collided with a tour boat that sank on the Danube River in...
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People watcg as a sonar is used at Margaret Bridge during a search operation on the River Danube in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, May 30, 2019, following a collision of a hotel ship and a smaller cruise ship on the previous evening. The cruise ship sank with thirty-three South Korean passengers and two Hungarian staff on board. The shipwreck has been found at Margaret Bridge. (Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 12:29 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rescue crews in Hungary's capital were preparing to raise a sightseeing boat from the bottom of the Danube River Thursday as search teams scoured the waters for 21 people missing after the vessel, packed with South Korean tourists, collided with a larger cruise ship and...
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Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., speaks to reporters at the Capitol after he blocked a unanimous consent vote on a long-awaited $19 billion disaster aid bill in the chamber on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 28, 2019 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second conservative Republican on Tuesday blocked another attempt to pass a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill, delaying again a top priority for some of President Donald Trump's most loyal allies on Capitol Hill. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said that if Democratic...
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Emergency workers check what is left of the second floor of a hotel, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in El Reno, Ok., following a likely tornado touchdown late Saturday night. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
May 26, 2019 - 9:58 am
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — An apparent tornado killed at least two people as it destroyed a motel, roared through a nearby mobile home park and caused other significant damage in the Oklahoma City area, officials said Sunday. El Reno Mayor Matt White said during a news conference that officials were...
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Water is released from the Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River northwest of Tulsa, Okla., Friday, May 24, 2019. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began increasing the amount of water being released from the dam on Friday to control the flooding. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 3:07 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials on Saturday warned some Tulsa residents to prepare to head to higher ground because old levees holding back the swollen Arkansas River are stressed and more rain is expected for the flood-weary region. The river was four feet above flood stage on Friday and was already...
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In this aerial image, homes are inundated with flood waters from the Arkansas River near South 145th West Ave near Highway 51 on Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Sand Springs, Okla. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, in the past few days. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 11:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major flooding through the holiday weekend. John Reinhardt...
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This aerial image shows the Arkansas River with the Tulsa, Okla., skyline after flooding on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, in the past few days. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 11:21 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 10 p.m. A tornado has touched down just south of Iowa City, Iowa, causing some damage but no injuries. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the tornado affected two lightly-populated unincorporated towns of...
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