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Minnesota National Guard
Flood Fight 2010 in Oslo

Oslo, Minn is once again surrounded and at times cut-off from overland vehicle travel because of flood water from the Red River Oslo, which has a population of about 347 people, has seen more than its fair share of flooding over the years During flood season, the town transforms its' streets and railways into a modified dike system to provide a perimeter around the town

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A dozen Soldiers from Bravo Company, Second Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry (B Co 2-136 CAB) are in Oslo providing additional support to local authorities The Town Hall acts as a command post for the city and B Co Soldiers work with town officials, Fire and Rescue workers, Minnesota Department of Transportation and the US Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate relief and support efforts for the citizens of Oslo

Yesterday, the Minnesota National Guard assisted Minnesota's Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) by escorting and delivering a FEMA replacement generator to the flooded city This is just one example of how the Minnesota National Guard is assisting local authorities with the protection of life and property

B Co Soldiers are also providing relief and support to local authorities by running a checkpoint on the eastern edge of town to restrict vehicle traffic along flooded US Highway 1, conducting dike patrols and manning a Tactical Command Post (TCP) so that vital information is relayed back to their company Tactical Operations Center (TOC)

The B Co TOC is located at the Crookston Armory and has the responsibility of tracking all flood activity in and around Oslo The TOC maintains real-time communication with the Soldiers in Oslo, monitors equipment movement, local support requests as well as maintains maps and flood data for the area The B Co TOC acts as the eyes and ears for the 2-136 CAB TOC located in Moorhead

There are approximately 285 Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty (SAD) supporting Flood Fight 2010 Under the direction of the Governor, the Minnesota National Guard will continue to provide necessary resources to support civil authorities responsible for the state's emergency management plan

TSgt Brett R Ewald, 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
March 23, 2010

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