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Published June 24, 2011, 05:35 PM

Air Force Says ND Missiles Safe From Flooding

The U.S. Air Force said its underground nuclear missile silos are not threatened by Souris River flooding in North Dakota.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force said its underground nuclear missile silos are not threatened by Souris River flooding in North Dakota.

Col. S.L. Davis is commander of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, which oversees 150 Minuteman III missiles located in underground launch silos over 8,500 square miles in northwest North Dakota.

He said Friday that there's some "localized flooding" at a handful of missiles sites because of the wet spring and summer.

Davis said the silos are designed to safety handle some water and protective measures were taken at a few sites similar to what's done in preparation for spring runoff from snowmelt.

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