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Flooding in Washington blamed on global warming

Emergency Management Alert, January 13, 2009

Last weeks’ flooding in Washington state is potentially not so natural.

Experts say the disaster could be a result of global warming and increased development that have fed growing waters, according to MSNBC. The flooding has provoked a preliminary estimate of $125 million in damage to buildings, roads, and structures, according to Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Former Washington emergency management director Eric Holdeman told MSNBC that the state could expect more flooding as soon as February, and future disasters could be more frequent, severe, and longer in duration.

People began setting up for these disasters long ago, according to Holdeman, by re-routing rivers, filling in marshland, and clear-cutting.

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