Saturday, June 4, 2011

Flood Waters in North Dakota Could Flood Corn Belt

DVIDS: North Dakota Air Guard Assists Bismarck in Flood Fighting Efforts:

Footage of the 119th Mission Support Flight, North Dakota Air National Guard, load and lay sandbags for placement behind a riverfront home along the Missouri River in Bismarck, N.D., June 2, 2011. More than 1,300 North Dakota National Gaurdsmen are working on flood duty in the Bismarck-Mandan communities as they brace for a rapid rise in the Missouri River that runs between them. Produced by Master Sgt. Eric Johnson. Provided by 119th Wing Public Affairs North Dakota Air National Guard.

There was substantial flooding along the Mississippi in Louisiana and other states last month; however, there's more water coming. Much more snow has fallen up north than usual. That snow has melted and is now traveling down the Missouri River. The confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers is just north of St. Louis, so areas affected by flooding earlier this year may be in for a second douse. Flooding is possible along the Missouri River as the water up north is released from dams. The western corn belt could be hit by the high waters, so stock up on ethanol now.

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