EDM Friday Briefing: France Flooding, Kill List, Hurricane Risk, Fort Hood
Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 3, 2016: France declares a flood emergency as the River Seine surges, authorities find a "kill list" at the home of UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar, a study finds nearly 7 million U.S. homes at risk this hurricane season, and at least five Fort Hood soldiers die after an Army truck overturns in flooding.
- France declared a flood emergency after torrential rain forced thousands of people from their homes south of Paris. The River Seine surged to its highest level in more than 30 years, rising at least five meters above normal levels. The Louvre in Paris -- the world's most visited museum -- will close on Friday as the floods are expected to worsen. Staff at the museum will move works at risk of damage to higher parts of the museum in an effort to save them from being damaged in the flooding.
- According to authorities, UCLA doctoral student Mainak Sarkar had a 'kill list' that included three people. Sarkar is the alleged shooter in the murder-suicide on the UCLA campus on Wednesday that involved Professor William Klug and Sarkar. The kill list named Klug, one other UCLA professor, and a woman in Brooklyn Park, MN, who was found shot dead and was later discovered to be Sarkar's estranged wife.
- Property analytics firm CoreLogic determined that more than 6.8 million U.S. homes are at risk of storm damage this hurricane season on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. According to the report, the 2016 analysis resulted in increases over 2015 overall -- in both total number of homes at risk, as well as the total reconstruction value of the at-risk homes.
- Five Fort Hood soldiers died and at least four more are missing after an Army truck overturned in flooding in Texas yesterday. Severe storms have hit Texas hard this week, and the state has dealt with severe flooding. Rescue crews worked late into Thursday searching for the missing soldiers.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 31 counties across Texas as widespread flooding paralyzed regions of the state. Flooding along the Brazos River continued to cause severe problems along its path through the state, cresting higher than 54 feet in some areas, just two years after it had run dry in places due to a lengthy drought.
- Florida Governor Rick Scott warned that Florida will experience a 'disaster' with the Zika in the coming weeks and months if federal officials don't provide funds to battle the virus very soon. The White House requested $1.9 billion to fight Zika back in February, but any funding legislation has stalled in Congress since that initial request. Scott called it "profoundly disappointing" that Congress has not taken immediate action.
- Global news agency Reuters obtained federal cybersecurity reports through a Freedom of Information Act request, and recently published its findings based on those reports: 310 incident reports were logged by the Federal Reserve's cybersecurity team over a four-year span from 2011 to 2015. Of the 310 overall incidents, the Fed’s cybersecurity team classified 140 as hacking attempts, and 51 as information disclosure incidents.
- A British Airways flight from London to Newark was evacuated after a phone threat warned of a bomb on the plane. An unknown male reportedly called in the threat when the plane was already in the air. The flight landed at Newark Liberty International Airport and its 206 passengers and 13 crew were immediately evacuated. The threat proved unfounded, as police found nothing harmful on board.
- The Greek Coast Guard rescued hundreds of migrants from a sinking ship off the island of Crete. Three died in the incident in the southern Mediterranean. Warm weather and calmer seas in the Mediterranean have reportedly led to a surge of attempted crossings in recent weeks.
- Health officials confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in an area of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Also known as the 'brain-eating amoeba,' it was detected in a water sample at the Terrebonne Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1. While tap water in the area is reportedly safe to drink, health officials urged residents to avoid getting water in their noses.