EDM Monday Briefing: Milwaukee Riots, Maryland Explosion, Louisiana Storms
Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 15, 2016: The National Guard is activated in Milwaukee due to riots, five bodies are found after an explosion in Maryland, more than 20,000 people are rescued from flooding in Louisiana, American Olympians are robbed at gunpoint, a Georgia police officer is fatally shot, and power outages spread throughout New York.
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker called for peace in Milwaukee after riots following a police shooting have disrupted the public. The governor activated the National Guard in hopes to establish some amounts of peace in the destabilized areas. Riots sparked after a man was shot and killed by police after allegedly raising a gun at police.
- Officials found a fifth body in the rubble from an explosion that occurred in Maryland last week. According to officials, eight people are missing in association with the explosion. More than 50 fire and rescue personnel worked on the recovery efforts over the weekend, and officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.
- Four people have been reported dead after flooding took over much of Louisiana. Governor John Bell Edwards said yesterday that more than 20,000 people were rescued from parts all over Louisiana. Forecasters are expecting the storm to hit portions of central and northern Louisiana, which could see heavy rains into the week.
- Four American swimmers, including gold medalist Ryan Lochte, were robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police officers early Sunday morning. Authorities said that all four are safe and cooperating with officials. The robbers took money and wallets.
- Georgia authorities arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer that occurred Saturday night. The officer responded to a suspicious person call when he made contact with the suspect. The suspect allegedly started shooting while the officer exited his vehicle.
- Power outages spread throughout New York this weekend due to the high heat. Power company officials collectively reported more then 7,000 people without power. Temperatures spikes caused many in the region to feel heat in excess of 100 degrees, with the humidity factored in.
- Two British men were stabbed in an attack at the Cyprus' coastal resort of Ayia Napa, Cypriot. According to officials, one of the men died and the other was wounded, and the two assailants are still being sought. The stabbing reportedly occurred after a altercation between the two Britons and two knife-wielding men.