US Heavy rains damage George Washington's Mount Vernon estate

01:23  13 august  2017
01:23  13 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital

  312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving morgues overflowing and residents desperately searching for loved ones. An AFP journalist at the scene saw bodies being carried away and houses submerged in two areas of the city, where roads turned into churning rivers of mud and corpses were washed up on the streets.Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the death toll was 312 but could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown and tally the number of dead.

MOUNT VERNON , Va. — Heavy rains have caused major damage at George Washington ' s Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia. Mount Vernon CEO Curt Viebranz said about 100 feet of a brick wall located between Washington ' s iconic mansion and the Potomac River fell over after the estate

George Washington in Mt . (AP) — Heavy rains have caused major damage at George Washington ' s Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia.

FILE - This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. Mount Vernon CEO Curt Viebranz said about 100 feet of a brick wall located between Washington’s iconic mansion and the Potomac River fell over after the estate was hit by more than five and a half inches of rain in a single hour Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. A pathway between the mansion and Washington’s tomb was also washed out.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. Mount Vernon CEO Curt Viebranz said about 100 feet of a brick wall located between Washington’s iconic mansion and the Potomac River fell over after the estate was hit by more than five and a half inches of rain in a single hour Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. A pathway between the mansion and Washington’s tomb was also washed out.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

MOUNT VERNON, Va. — Heavy rains have caused major damage at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia.

Mount Vernon CEO Curt Viebranz said about 100 feet of a brick wall located between Washington's iconic mansion and the Potomac River fell over after the estate was hit by more than 5 ½ inches of rain in a single hour Friday evening. A pathway between the mansion and Washington's tomb was also washed out.

Viebranz said no historical buildings were damaged, but the cleanup and repair costs could still total in the seven figures.

He said staff have been working around the clock to make sure the estate stays open for visitors.

Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides .
<p>Rescue officials in Sierra Leone warned Friday that the chances of finding survivors in the debris of this week's mudslides "are getting smaller every day," as bereaved and homeless survivors faced the magnitude of all they have lost.</p>Burials and rescue efforts pressed on amid the threat of further disaster. Up to 450 bodies have been recovered in and around the capital, Freetown, after Monday's mudslides and flooding, according to Dr. Simeon Owiss Koroma, the government's chief consultant forensic pathologist. Some 600 others are missing and feared dead.

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