Sat, 28 Mar 2009 00:11:44 GMT
The US government is bracing itself to care for up to 30,000 people fleeing record flooding in the country’s northern plains.
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said amid ‘historically unprecedented’ flooding in the Red River valley region between the states of Minnesota and North Dakota, the federal government had readied itself to house and feed 30,000 people for up to a week.
“In the worst case scenario we could be dealing with 80,000 to 100,000 people evacuated,” Napolitano told reporters on Friday, adding the vast majority would likely stay with family or friends.
Napolitano also stressed that any decisions about evacuations will be made at the local level. So far, roughly one-third of Minnesota’s Moorhead city residents have been asked to evacuate their homes.
The former Arizona governor also stated that she had briefed President Obama on the situation this morning and will do so again this evening. ‘He’s watching it very, very carefully’, she said.
via Press TV – US to embrace flood victims.
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