Chinese architects advocate 'sponge cities'
China is affected by both extreme floods and water shortages, exacerbated by climate change. A landscape design house in China is advocating for the construction of "sponge cities" in the country by creating and expanding parks and ponds within urban areas to prevent flooding and absorb water for times of drought. (Nov. 15)news.yahoo.com
Flash flooding not likely to leave lasting damage on roads
ROANOKE, Va. The flash flooding which put parts of Southwest Virginia at a standstill Wednesday is fading away, and it likely has not left much of a lasting impact on the areas major roads. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Jason Bond believes the flooding did not cause any major damage on any highways. He said the biggest challenge is repairing roads severely damaged by Mays rainstorm, particularly Route 116 in Franklin County and Route 460 in Giles County. The Route 116 repairs are estimated to cost $2 million, while the Route 460 repairs have an estimated price tag of $1 million. It has pulled resources off of those repair jobs onto other flooded routes.Bond projects the Route 116 repairs could finish around Labor Day.
Catastrophic floods claim at least 25 lives in the Balkans
Catastrophic floods claim at least 25 lives in the Balkans Massive floods in the Balkans have killed at least 25 and forced thousands more to evacuate. Some 95,000 homes in Serbia are without electricity as a new wave is expected to surge down the Sava River. Allen Pizzey reports.cbsnews.com