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More than 750 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers are supporting flood fighting efforts on both sides of the Red River

On Monday, 310 members of the Minnesota National Guard were sent to North Dakota under an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is arranged through each state's emergency management agency.

This is the first time the Minnesota National Guard has deployed to North Dakota under this mutual aid compact EMAC was developed to allow disaster impacted states the ability to request and receive assistance from other member states quickly and efficiently.

More than 750 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers are supporting flood fighting efforts on both sides of the Red River.

Soldiers from the following Minnesota National Guard units were sent to North Dakota:

150 Soldiers from the West St Paul-based A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry.

140 Soldiers from the Cambridge-based 850th Horizontal Engineer Company, 682nd Engineer Battalion.

20 Soldiers from the St Paul-based 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion.

The Minnesota National Guard will also make available two Chinook helicopters and two Black Hawk helicopters for rescue operations and other relief efforts.

Soldiers from the following Minnesota National Guard units are serving on the Minnesota side of the Red River:

350 Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.

100 Soldiers from the Litchfield-based Mobility Augmentation Company, 682nd Engineer Battalion.

The Minnesota National Guard, under the direction of the Governor, will continue to provide assistance to civil authorities to support flood fighting efforts.

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

For specific flood fight information, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and "click" on The Main Effort banner for Flood Fight 2009.

To learn more about disaster relief and recovery and all public communications regarding flooding, click on www.MinnesotaRecovers.org.

Article source: www.BemidjiPioneer.com

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