Natural Disaster

Every year, natural disasters threaten infrastructure and human life. The greatest damage (measured in repair dollars) is caused by storms. It is not only the high winds of thunderstorms, but rain and hail that cause the damage. Hurricanes and flooding are the second and third most destructive natural event, respectively.

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a massive earthquake that generates a tsunami as much as seven stories tall.

Case Construction Equipment and Southeastern Equipment supported Team Rubicon in its efforts to help the Dayton, Ohio, community recover from the destruction of the EF4 Tornado that caused extensive damage across multiple swaths of the city. The tornado, which touched down late on the night of May 27, traveled 19 miles across the northern part of the city, impacting numerous residential areas.

President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 2157 – the "Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019" – on June 6 that provides $19.1 billion to cover recovery and other costsassociated with a series of catastrophic disasters that have struck the United States over the past three years.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced April 8 that local governments, state agencies and certain private, nonprofit organizations in 20 southern Ohio counties impacted by severe weather in February are now eligible for federal funds to help pay for damage repair and extra costs incurred as a result of severe storms, flooding and landslides.

A "bomb cyclone" that struck the Midwest in mid-March caused major flooding across Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Missouri, damaging highways, roads and bridges and causing in excess of $1 billion in property losses, according to news reports. The Nebraska Department of Transportation reported that more than 1,500 miles of roads were closed at the height of the flooding on March 18, with 15 major highway bridges completely washed out or severely damaged as a result of the high waters.

More than a foot of rain in less than four days has wiped out a section of Highway 101 in Curry County, Ore., just north of the California border. The slide in the Hooskanaden Creek area has cut off the town of Brookings from large truck deliveries and has forced travelers to use a winding, narrow mountain road that is in places one lane and gravel.

In the wake of this week's destructive spate of tornados across the American Southeast, Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) consisting of civic organizations, fire service professionals, architects, engineers and industry experts committed to enacting safer and more sustainable building standards, has released a video promoting the safety advantages of building with concrete.

To help keep Oklahomans safe, Hennessey Public Schools and South Industries have teamed up to construct a multipurpose school gymnasium and storm shelter in Hennessey, Okla. The choice to use a monolithic dome design was an easy one due to the inherent advantages of the dome shape.

When Hurricane Michael slammed the Gulf Coast earlier this month, it left an unprecedented trail of destruction that will cost millions of dollars and months, if not years, of effort to repair. In the aftermath of the first Category 4 hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since record keeping began in 1851, equipment dealers faced the twin challenge of supplying dozers and excavators for government cleanup efforts while at the same time recovering from the damage to their own businesses.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation continues to battle highway cracking and other fallout from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano. Those efforts include placing steel plates fitted with insulated material and/or heat-resistant concrete pads over roadway cracks along the Keaau-Pahoa Road — also known as Highway 130 — caused by volcanic activity and related earthquakes, as well as investigating the installation of electronic monitors near several such fissures to monitor heat levels and gas emissions as sulfur dioxide (SO2) is emitting from the cracks.