Sunday, 29 March 2009

North Dakota Floods

t was thought that up to 30,000 people could be left homeless when the river around Fargo, North Dakota, reached a record 112-year high.

But thanks to icy conditions, a series of levees and sandbag dikes constructed to keep the waters at bay were not breached, as waters feeding the river froze.

Now weary residents have turned their attention to ensuring their hastily built levees hold up against an onslaught of ice-laden water.

Red River floodwaters surround a home in Fargo, North Dakota

The flooding in Fargo

President Obama has pledged support for those affected, issuing a federal disaster declaration for 34 counties and two Native American reservations.

Mr Obama also declared a state of emergency for parts of Minnesota, the state which shares a Red River border with North Dakota.

A meteorologist for the US National Weather Service, Mike Hudson, said the Red River began receding on Saturday morning.

Residents were originally braced for a crest on Sunday and several thousand had evacuated the area.

But the river can still fluctuate up to a foot - and may remain at dangerous levels for a week, meaning people will have to wait several days before they are completely safe.

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Area 51-Fact or Fiction?

Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.[1][2]

The base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range. Although the facilities at the range are managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, the Groom facility appears to be run as an adjunct of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, around 186 miles (300 km) southwest of Groom, and as such the base is known as Air Force Flight Test Center (Detachment 3).[3][4]

Though the name Area 51 is used in official CIA documentation, other names used for the facility include Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, Watertown Strip, Groom Lake, and most recently Homey Airport. The area is part of the Nellis Military Operations Area, and the restricted airspace around the field is referred to as (R-4808N), known by the military pilots in the area as "The Box" or "the Container".

The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore.