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Minnesota National Guard
Dike and Pump Patrols in Georgetown

A small number of Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers are posted in the town of Georgetown, Minn due to flooding along Minnesota's Red River Valley The Soldiers are members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry (2-136 CAB) out of Moorhead, Minn

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The 14 Soldiers in Georgetown are on 12-hour shifts where they patrol the dikes and monitor the pump stations in and around the city The foot patrol path winds for about 1 and one-half miles along the western periphery of the town The dikes, which are long, linear earthen berms surrounding the town on its perimeter, are both pre-existing and new Earthen dikes are the first defense for numerous towns, homes and farmsteads dotting the Red River Valley

Georgetown utilizes US Highway 75, a mostly north and south stretch of roadway, as part of its eastern dike defense Every 2 hours the Soldiers use one of their Humvee's to patrol this stretch of dike along the city limits

The HHC Soldiers have been in Georgetown for over 5 days While temporarily there the Town Hall is their Command Post and home Many Soldiers eat the home-cooked meals regularly provided by town residents although the troops are issued Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's)

These, and over 285 Soldiers and Airmen, are part of the Flood Fight 2010, the Minnesota National Guard's flood support and relief efforts along the Red and Minnesota River Valleys

Tech Sgt Brett R Ewald, 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
March 21, 2010

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