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Video: National Guard Busy After Deadly Flooding

The Minnesota National Guard was called into duty early Sunday morning Three days later there is still an unbelievable amount of work to be done Initially, the Guard's mission was to check houses and cars for missing people and to clear blocked roads Now, it's switched to security, traffic control, and helping the residents get back on their feet With helicopters in the air, and Humvee's in the streets, the Minnesota National Guard has a lot to deal with in the flood's aftermath Some of the worst damage in Winona Co is in Stockton, where you can still see debris in every street and in every yard "What you have here, you have a stream and a river that meet at two corners of this community and so when they came together with the high water, it went straight down the center of town to the low-lying areas," says Sgt First Class Charles Beck, with the Minnesota National Guard Adam Johnson's house sits a few hundred feet from the river He barely made it out of his basement bedroom in time "Just enough time for me in the dark to find my way to the stairs without being crumpled by desks or bookcases," Johnson says The National Guard says there was 3 to 4 feet of water in the middle of town, and it reached the second floor in low-lying areas Dozens of homes have destroyed or damaged foundations Now the National Guard is also making sure people don't try to burn any of the huge trash piles, because the flood waters left dozens of propane tanks littered all over town Reporter: Mark Povolny
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