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Absolute heroes brave rising floodwaters to save a giant spider


Giant spiders are the kind of creature many people are deathly afraid of, but bless the rest who are willing to lend them a hand.

Like this one found clinging to a branch outside a supermarket in the Queensland, Australia town of Halifax on Sunday, as floodwaters raged on below.

Video of the stranded arachnid was uploaded to Facebook by Andrea Gofton, where of course someone had to put their hand next to it to prove how big it is.

Later, another video shows a man taking the entire branch and placing it onto dry land, where it could scurry away. Read more…

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Despite warnings, bros are surfing on floodwaters


The brunt of Australia’s Cyclone Debbie has resulted in flooding, with thousands of people told to evacute their homes.

But for some risk-taking surfers, the onslaught of water down streets and hills presents an opportunity for thrill seeking.

That’s despite authorities warning people to stay out of the floodwater, because well, there might be sharks lurking underneath — if the threat of drowning in fast moving water wasn’t enough of a threat.

Take these dudes surfing on raging floodwaters Murwillumbah Weir, and there’s a jet ski at about 28 seconds in too. Australians, hey. Read more…

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The devastating 1889 Johnstown Flood killed over 2,000 people in minutes



A tree protrudes from a house tossed by the flood.

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On the morning of May 31, 1889, Elias Unger, the president of Pennsylvania’s South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, awoke from a night of heavy rain to an impending catastrophe.

Just below his home, swollen by ongoing rainfall, the artificial reservoir of Lake Conemaugh appeared to be on the verge of overwhelming the notoriously leaky South Fork Dam impounding it.

Unger sent urgent warnings to nearby towns and rallied a crew to try to relieve the pressure on the dam by creating spillways, to no avail

An hour and a half after Unger ordered his men off the eroding dam, it collapsed, freeing 20 million tons of water to charge downstream. Read more…

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