- A massive flood broke down doors at a U.S. military base in the Marshall Islands on Saturday.
- Personnel at the American garrison base on Roi-Namur were knocked off their feet and some swept away in the flood.
- No deaths have been reported on the island.
A video captured the moment when massive floodwaters broke down doors at a U.S. military base in the Marshall Islands on Saturday. Personnel at the American garrison base on Roi-Namur were knocked off their feet and some swept away in the freak flood, according to TMZ.
In the video, a man can be heard begging, “Keep the door closed! Keep the door closed!” just before the wall of water slams into the doors of the military base’s dining room, knocking them off their hinges. The flood surged into the dining area, sweeping several people and what appeared to be a bicycle along with it.
The man holding the camera checked on a number of people before telling everyone to “get out of here” as the water continued to surge in. The video then captured the moment the power went out.
Col. Drew Morgan, in a Facebook post from the U.S. Army Garrison on Kwajalein Atoll, said, “Last night a series of weather-driven waves resulted in significant ocean water inundation on Roi-Namur. Initial indications are all personnel are accounted for; however, TEAM KWAJ leaders are triple checking. We have launched the catamaran to retrieve Roi residents and leave only a small team of experts to assess damage and begin the process of restoring essential services. TEAM KWAJ is rising to the occasion!”
The military assessed on Facebook that flooding occurred on one-third of the northwest side of the island on which the base is located. No deaths have yet been reported on the island, as noted by TMZ.
Clear Thoughts (op-ed)
The recent flooding at a U.S. military base in the Marshall Islands should serve as a wake-up call for our nation’s leaders. While no deaths have been reported, the incident highlights the potential dangers that our military personnel face, even on their own bases.
Climate change has been a hotly debated topic, but regardless of one’s stance, it’s undeniable that we’re witnessing more extreme weather events. Our military installations must be prepared for such occurrences to ensure the safety of our servicemen and women.
Investing in infrastructure upgrades is vital to protect our military assets and personnel. This incident should push our leadership to take action and allocate the necessary resources for strengthening our bases against natural disasters.
Ignoring the issue will only put our military at risk. It’s time for our leaders to prioritize the safety and well-being of those who serve our nation.
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