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A record flood in Lensk

Description

In 2001, due to a particularly cold winter, the Lena River had frozen almost all the way through. The ice at some places reached 25 to 30 feet thick, which was almost twice the norm. On the night of May 14th, the ice jammed together and formed a dam, sending the freezing water over its banks. The city of Lensk was inundated. The cold water poured into the town, bringing with it enormous blocks of ice. The city lost power and light. People escaped to the roofs of their houses, and waited for help, or for the floodwaters to abate. The big guns were called in, or bombers, to be more accurate, which, after many missions, and after dropping 40 tons of explosives, proceeded to finally bomb the ice into submission.

Project

Theory of Catastrophes

Segment

Shocking, Crime & Investigation program

Category

Tags

river, ice, Russia, flood, roof, Lena River, frozen river, dam, Lensk, water, town, help, bombers, , explosive, explosionsdanger, inundation

Details

ID:#0115001006
Date:2011-03-16
Duration:00:01:35
Language:english
Dialogues:yes
Views:2381
Record format:SD
Dimension:720x576
Video standard:PAL
Format video:4:3