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Minnesota National Guard
Guard assists in flood efforts

The Minnesota National Guard, under the direction of the Governor, is providing assistance to civil authorities to support flood fighting efforts.

updated 8:12 pm CDT, March 27

The Minnesota National Guard, under the direction of the Governor, is providing assistance to civil authorities to support flood fighting efforts.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 450 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been called to support volunteer efforts in fighting the Red River flooding The Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, continues to provide the main body of Soldiers in this fight

Guard members have been tasked by civil authorities to monitor traffic, patrol dikes, fill sandbags, and more The Guard is also ready to provide a back-up of the latest mobile communications systems if necessary

Flood fighting is a civil operation which the Guard has traditionally been called upon to help with The last significant state operation for the Minnesota National Guard was the Republican National Convention in 2008

Guard involvement in the flood fight will continue at the request of local authorities

According to civil officials, the river is expected to crest in the Fargo-Moorhead area on Saturday as high as 42 feet, and reached 40 feet early Friday morning, a record The river has already crested at lower levels at locations upstream, where smaller detachments of Guard members were on hand to assist

Follow minnesotanationalguardorg to keep current on the efforts of Guard members in this fight

Spc Thomas Keeler "¢ Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
March 27, 2009

March 26, 2009: Guard Supports Flood Efforts - Low-Res
Read the latest Minnesota National Guard press releases.

Fact Sheet: "Flood Fight 2009 Update," March 28

Fact Sheet: "Flood Fight 2009 Update," March 27

Fact Sheet: "Flood Fight 2009 Update," March 26

Fact Sheet: "Flood Fight 2009 Update," March 25

Video: "Minnesota National Guard Soldiers providing secure checkpoint," March 25

Video: "Lt. Col. Engelhardt discuss Minnesota National Guard's role in response to the flooding," March 26

Follow this link to see a graphic on the history of flooding in the Red River Basin arranged by the U.S. Geological Survey

Follow the Minnesota National Guard's efforts in the fight at Flood Fight 2009.

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