North Dakota National Guard Soldiers responded to a request to help combat
overland flooding April 1 that threatened a handful of rural homes about four miles northeast of the town of Kindred.
Two Quick Reaction Force teams of approximately 20 Soldiers each, quickly responded to the emergency call with three bobcats, a bucket loader and a bulldozer. They arrived within an hour of receiving the assistance call, bringing sandbags loaded on a Palletized Load System truck.
The QRF teams responded from their staging locations in Fargo at Discovery Middle School, Titan Machinery and the El Zagel shrine.
â€œThis is a perfect example of why the QRF exists,â€ said Command Sgt. Maj. Harley Schwind, senior enlisted Soldier for Joint Task Force-East in Fargo. â€œThey quickly and effectively sprung into action, helping protect the homes of fellow North Dakotans threatened by rising flood waters from the Sheyenne River.â€
One of the threatened homes belonged to Mike Schmidt who said that â€œThe river overflowed its banks to the southwest of his home and flowed cross-country headed right at towards him.â€
The Citizen-Soldiers of the QRF worked side-by-side with dozens of neighbors who also turned out to help Schmidt and other area residents protect their homes with sandbags.
â€œThe response was unbelievable,â€ Schmidt said. â€œItâ€™s a huge relief and the Guardâ€™s help was more than welcome.â€
DVIDSStory by Spc. Chris Erickson