North Dakota Guard in Flood Fight
UPDATE: Two maps for North Dakota to keep bookmarked.
- North Dakota Road Conditions – western part of the state is bad as of 3/24/09 at 9:30 CDT
- Road and Weather Cameras
In response to a request from emergency services officials of Grant County, N.D., through the N.D. Department of Emergency Services, a N.D. Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter was dispatched to rescue fellow North Dakotans stranded by rising flood waters. An additional crew of Soldiers responded by ground transportation to help in Linton, N.D.
The air emergency request was met within one hour, with the helicopter launching from Bismarck at about 6 p.m., on March 22. It was piloted by Maj. Paul Helton and Chief Warrant Officer Monte Myers with crew chiefs Staff Sgt. Mike Carlson and Sgt. Monte Weiand.
The first rescue was of two citizens and two dogs from a farm in rural Carson, N.D. The second rescue of two citizens was from a farm near New Leipzig, N.D. Both farms were surrounded by four to five feet of floodwaters, making overland rescue impossible.
About 20 Soldiers and National Guard equipment also left for Linton, N.D., within two hoursâ€™ notice last night to assist in evacuating portions of the town, filling sandbags and providing traffic control points in support of local law enforcement.
â€œWeâ€™ve had guys that are 90 years old and have never seen it [water] come up this hard, this fast,â€ said Linton Sheriff Gary Sanders. â€œWe had rain a month ago that froze up all the culverts and held everything back. That little bit of rain we had earlier today broke everything loose. Both Spring Creek and Beaver Creek began to flow, plus there were some ice jams west of Linton. We got a tracked excavator with a 60-foot boom and broke up the ice jams at the bridges. The water dropped for an hour, then rose again. Itâ€™s just coming up and coming up. When something like this happens, youâ€™re grateful for any help you can get. Having access to the Guard and the resources they provide is a good thing.â€
Linton Emergency Manager Shawna Paul agreed, saying, â€œNobodyâ€™s ever seen water like this [in Linton]. You know when you need help you can call on the Guard.â€
About 260 Soldiers and Airmen continue to respond to flood conditions all across the state, assisting with sandbagging operations, providing dike patrol and security, and breaking up ice packs on the Red River near Wahpeton that are causing water to overflow its banks.
Guard Aids Linton in Flood
Story by Ann Knudson
Eighteen Bismarck Soldiers responded on two hours’ notice to a call from Linton on Sunday night, March 21. The town was hit by rapid flooding, and needed help with traffic control, filling sandbags, and rescuing people from flooded houses.
Sheriff Gary Sanders said, “We’ve had guys that are 90 years old and have never seen it [water] come up this hard, this fast. We had rain a month ago that froze up all the culverts and held everything back. That little bit of rain we had earlier today broke everything loose. Both Spring Creek and Beaver Creek began to flow, plus there were some ice jams west of Linton. We got a tracked excavator with a sixty foot boom and broke up the ice jams at the bridges. The water dropped for an hour, then rose again. It’s just coming up and coming up. When something like this happens, you’re grateful for any help you can get. Having access to the Guard and the resources they provide is a good thing.”
Linton Emergency Manager Shawna Paul said, “Nobody’s ever seen water like this [in Linton]. You know when you need help you can call on the Guard.”
“Anything to help out somebody that’s in need,” said Spc. Jarett Dinius, Bismarck. Dinius works full time for the 112th Aviation as an administration NCO.
The Soldiers brought four humvees and two LMTVâ€™s for moving people out of flooded areas. Light Medium Tactical Vehicles, the successor to the 2 1/2 ton truck known as the “deuce and a half.” They have a high road clearance, their cargo area is lined with fold-down passenger seats, and “they’re a joy to drive,” said Master Sgt. Keith Brown. The 112th Aviation got the LMTVâ€™s last year.
Soldiers from 112th Aviation, Joint Force Headquarters and 68th Troop Command participated in the mission.
Table of contents for North Dakota Flooding 2009
- North Dakota Guard in Flood Fight
- 800 Guardsmen to Fight Flood in E North Dakota
- North Dakota Guard Joins Flood Relief
- Coast Guard Aids in North Dakota Flooding
- ND Guard Uses Iraqi War Skills to Fight Flood
- Sandbagging to Save Fargo
- Guard Working in Midwest Floods
- Current North Dakota Flood News
- Rescuing Rose – ND Guard Good News
- Morning News for Fargo Flooding
- Coast Guard Rescues in North Dakota
- Military Assistance to North Dakota Flooding
- Civil Air Patrol in Skies Over ND Flooding
- North Dakota Flood Operations Continues
- National Guard Defends Pembina From Flood
- Sheyenne River Nearing Crest in North Dakota
- HESCO Barriers – a Photo Primer
- Video of Coast Guard Flood Rescue Near Kindred
- Reinforcing the Cottonwood Creek Dam at Lake LaMoure
- Fighting the Flood in Southeast North Dakota
- Guardsmen Returning to Hometowns for Duty
- North Dakota Guard in Action During Flooding
- North Dakota Flooding Update: Cottonwood Creek Dam at Lake LaMoure
- A View From a Soldier Serving in LaMoure
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