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Minnesota Guard will help the fight

Minnesota Gov Tim Pawlenty indicated Monday that more than 400 Minnesota National Guard troops could be activated by Wednesday for flood duty in the Red River Valley

March 23, 2009, 10:22pm

Minnesota Gov Tim Pawlenty indicated Monday that more than 400 Minnesota National Guard troops could be activated by Wednesday for flood duty in the Red River Valley

The troops will direct traffic, monitor dikes and handle other security tasks as the flood crest moves north from Breckenridge in the coming days

Pawlenty met with officials in Breckenridge, where the Otter Tail and Bois de Sioux rivers meet to form the north-flowing Red He said it appears likely that the high water will lead to a federal disaster declaration, which would free up federal grants and loans for recovery

But federal stimulus money could also be used for homeowner assistance, road repairs and other support, he said, adding, "We want to make sure we respond as aggressively as possible" Moorhead needs more volunteers

Moorhead is looking for volunteers to help with sandbagging People who want to help can call the First Link at 701-476-4000 Volunteers can also show up all week between 8 am and 8 pm at Nemzek Hall on the Minnesota State University, Moorhead, campus Nemzek Hall is located on 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues S

Volunteers should bring a photo ID

A wall of life

A portable wall system that shielded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from bullets is being used to hold back floodwaters from the Red River

"I think it's going to be a lifesaver," said Al Weigel, director of operations in Fargo, ND, as volunteers worked to help protect the city from what's predicted to be record flooding

The portable wall system is made up of 3- and 4-foot-high interlocking containers with heavy steel frames covered by high-tech material It took workers just half an hour Monday to set up about 1,000 feet of the containers


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