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Minnesota National Guard
Cleaning Up After Flooding in Mankato

The floodwater has receded in Mankato, but the debris left behind has made a mess And as News 12's Erick Lind tells us the clean-up would be tough enough on public works in regular years But with a depleted budget, the offer that came from the National Guard was a welcome phone call

The National Guard might be thought of as a group of defenders against threats to the country, and that threat includes the wrath of Mother Nature That is exactly why the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry was active today in Mankato Minnesota Army National Guard 1st Sgt Bill Edgeworth says, "Part of the National Guard's mission is to support the community, so when we got in contact with the city and offered our time, they had plenty of projects for us to do "The city had seven groups of troops working along the Minnesota River with Public Works employees, clearing debris left from the late summer floods

They were also clearing growth from the dike walls that have roots growing into the clay liner, and keeping debris floating in the river from getting tangled up in the future

Mankato Public Works Foreperson of Street Department Joe Grabianowski says, "It's great They have 35 personnel down here with us That's just a huge number, and it's a great asset

"Sgt Edgeworth says not only is this a great benefit for the community, but it's a great experience opportunity for the soldiers

Edgeworth says, "The main thing is these young troops that decided to join the National Guard part of the sale is, it supports the community, and so that's what we're down here to do

"Grabianowski says the maintenance has to be done every so many years

He's just glad this year they have some extra help to clean up what was left behind so late in the season

Grabianowski says, "It's a good deal for everybody They're local people here They're all from the area, so they can see their work Everyday they go across the bridge they can see what they did for the city." Keeping the city safe along with the rest of the country

In Mankato, Erick Lind, News 12
October 16, 2010 at 8:28pm

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