Flood operations continue in North Dakota today, while missions in two other states have wrapped up and still another monitors the situation after heavy rains over the weekend.
More than 1,000 Guard members in North Dakota are still performing flood mitigation operations in the Red River Valley and the Missouri River areas, which are experiencing flooding due to the thawing of snow.
Current operations include including pumping operations in Lisbon, N.D., hauling gravel, and flood protection efforts in Drayton, N.D. They are being helped by UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In addition to active flood-fighting, the Guard is also protecting North Dakota citizens through dike patrols, temporary shelters and traffic control points.
Army Lt. Dan Murphy, the state public affairs officer for North Dakota, said troops will remain in place to monitor the river. A date has not been set for ending the mission.
North Dakotaâ€™s neighbor across the river, Minnesota, relieved most of its Guard members from flood duty in the Moorhead, Minn., area April 3.
A small contingent remains on duty to monitor the river and pump operations in Norman and Marshall counties, provide security in the form of roving patrols and traffic control points as well as transportation and aviation support.
At the height of operations, more than 500 Minnesota Army and Air National Guard members were called up by the governor.
Louisiana also ended its response to a potential flood in Pearl River, a town on the stateâ€™s border with Mississippi.
Guard and state officials monitored the weather and used the opportunity to train for the 2009 flood season by positioning high-water vehicles and helicopters in nearby Slidell and Hammond, La., to facilitate property protection and evacuation if necessary.
After the training, Guard officials said the troops are well prepared for any event that may come their way.
â€œOur Soldiers responded in a timely, professional manner in support of civil authorities and the local community,â€ said Army Col. John Angelloz, commander of the 225th Engineer Brigade (Rear). â€œTheir actions are a direct reflection of outstanding emergency operations training, tremendous leadership and a great volunteer spirit.â€
In Georgia, the state Joint Force Headquarters will continue to work with its civilian partners after heavy rains drenched the state over the weekend. Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in 10 counties today.
According to National Guard Bureau, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported one fatality, two shelters were opened and numerous bridges and roads were closed throughout the state.
Story by Sgt. Patrick McCollum
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