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But the hurricane's sheer size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for nearly a full day, according to weather forecasters.
With straw brooms and willpower, the pastor and a few congregants of First Fellowship Baptist Church in southern Dallas had to push out two inches of water taking over their place of worship.
Ten of the academy's students died in flash floods in April.
By TAMARA ZIEVE
Remembering the teens whose lives were lost in a recent flood in the Arava desert.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
The Iranian cleric also asserted that the flooding that swept Iran at the end of March of this year was a "divine blessing."
By ZACK EVANS
The fund is worth about $92 billion, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, which tracks the industry.
"Using the National Development Fund is authorized if no other sources are available," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani read out on Monday on state television.
The flooding, which began on March 19, has killed 76 people and forced more than 220,000 people into emergency shelters.
But at home the real message of having the IRGC fight floods is to show the people that the IRGC is relevant.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Floods have affected at least 23 out of Iran’s 31 provinces since heavy downpours began on March 19.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet that US sanctions were "impeding aid efforts by #IranianRedCrescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods."
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