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USA – Flooding Hits Coastal Areas of New Jersey, New York. Coastal flooding caused by Tuesday’s nor’easter is ravaging some neighbourhoods around New York and New Jersey, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings for particularly vulnerable areas. In Brooklyn’s Red Hook, water bubbled up from the sewers, flooding streets before disappearing back into storm drains. In Sea Bright, New Jersey, the storm sent up to 17 inches of ocean water flooding onto Church Street. Flooding had also hit Sea Bright’s Ocean Avenue. In Stone Harbour, New Jersey, streets were deluged with floodwaters that almost covered street benches and fire hydrants. And in Atlantic City, there were reports of people needing to be rescued as water levels rose during high tide. Over in the Point Beach area of Milford, Connecticut, floodwaters were pouring down some streets.
Argentina – Illegal Canals Flood Pampas
It was not just the heavy rains that left the streets of the Argentine town of Pozo del Molle flooded for three months last year.
Nearby farmers built small canals without authorization to drain their fields of surface water, redirecting flows toward urban areas and worsening the impact of flooding, said Carlos Salvatico, the mayor of the 7,500-person town in the key agricultural province of Cordoba.
So-called clandestine canals built by farmers to protect their crops are often blamed for exacerbating devastation across Argentina’s naturally flood-prone pampas grains and cattle belt.
Flooding this summer has prompted evacuations and left 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of highly productive land either underwater or cut off from markets because roads are flooded.