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ND air base protects nukes from snowelt

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ND air base protects nukes from snowelt
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BISMARCK (AP) -- U.S. Air Force airmen have placed sandbags and built earthen dikes to prevent snowmelt from flooding underground nuclear missile silos in western North Dakota.

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A Minot Air Force Base spokeswoman says 29 intercontinental ballistic missile sites were shored up beginning last week to protect them from runoff following one of the snowiest years on record.

The base is the command center for 150 Minuteman III missiles. The military says water has not gotten into any of the sites this year.

In 2009, a nuclear missile was removed from an underground silo because runoff from melting snow leaked into the facility.

The Air Force said at the time that there was no danger to the public.

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