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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the “Year of the Floods,” and Mother Nature has marked the occasion with some fierce reminders. A quarter of a century after 500 Americans died from floods in 1972—the worst of which were in West Virginia, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and New York—soaking rains already have swelled rivers in the Ohio River Valley, Northern California, and the Pacific Northwest, and dense snowpack and saturated soils promise to continue the trend.