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Minnesota National Guard
Guard supports flood relief efforts in southeastern Minn.

As flood waters swept through southeastern Minnesota, National Guard Soldiers were woken up with a 3 am call to mobilize and support flood relief efforts

The Minnesota National Guard's 34th Military Police Company was sent to the area in and around Winona, Minn, the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery was sent to the area in and around Caledonia and the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade was tasked with the mission of being the eye-in-the-sky to survey the heavily damaged counties and search for stranded citizens

"This is an important mission," said Spc Joel Ehrenberg "This is a good mission This is what I joined the Guard for: to help my community and my state I lot of people say "╦ťthanks' and it we know it's well worth it"

Within a matter of hours of being alerted, the troops deployed to the area to set up traffic control points and immediately began going door-to-door to homes to make sure everyone was ok

In some cases, including that of Bonnie and Roger Oldham, houses were completely knocked off their foundation and carried a distance by raging flood waters In those cases, Minnesota National Guard Soldiers assisted citizens with salvaging what was left by flood waters At the Oldham residence just outside of Winona, Minn, Staff Sgt John Indrehus, Pfc Mike Ramos and Pfc Mark Limberg, 34th Military Police Company even rescued the Oldham's cat, Silvester, who was trapped in the bedroom

While 34th MP Soldiers were maintaining the area around Winona, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Soldiers were working with local law enforcement agencies to contain and manage the area around Caledonia The near city of Money Creek, which saw some of the worst and most immediate flooding, was hosting a motorcycle gathering at a park when the flood waters hit The majority of the bikes were destroyed by the floods, and the road leading into the park was all but washed away At Money Creek, the Traffic Control Point set up by Minnesota National Guard Soldiers prevented citizens from re-entering a potentially fatal situation

As the missions on the ground continued, the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade supported through the air, flying UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to look for targets of life-saving opportunity and to give legislators, including Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty a tour of the damaged area

As flood relief operations continue, Soldiers have proven that they are always ready and always there to support the community and the state They will remain in southeastern Minnesota until they are no longer needed When they get home, they will return to their civilian lives, but will have contributed to the safety and security of their fellow Minnesotans

By Cpl Joe Roos, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Aug 21, 2007

Aug. 19, Flood Fight in Southeast Minnesota photo gallery

8/20/07 Flood Fight 2007
Minnesota National Guard Soldiers with the 34th Military Police Company and 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery deployed to Southeastern Minnesota in late August for flood relief operations. (Run Time 2:53)





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Members of the local media and the public are invited to cheer on the soldiers as they finish the road march. Well-wishers can come to the Mary Gibbs Welcome Center, 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN, 56470, on Thursday, July 20, at 8:00 a.m. and are encouraged to bring signs or flags to line the route to the finish line.

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