Minnesota National Guard Joins Flood Fight In North Dakota
St Cloud, MN (KROC AM News) - Five members of the Minnesota National Guard were involved in an ongoing battle in North Dakota on Friday.
The battle involves a dam that is being threatened by ongoing flooding.
The group was deployed with a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to provide heavy-lift support for flood response operations.
“This mission is to move two, 10,000-pound pumps closer to the Bourbanis Dam located on the Red River in Pembina, North Dakota,” said Army Col. Gregory Fix, Minnesota National Guard’s State Army Aviation Officer. “The CH-47 Chinook is a tremendous asset for the National Guard,” said Fix. “It has the capability to lift heavy loads greater than 10,000 pounds, and moving the two pumps for flood support is just one example.”
The Guard members and aircraft are from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment.
Flooding resulting from spring snowmelt and recent wet weather has been causing problems in the Red River Valley and other areas of Minnesota and North Dakota for weeks.
Flood warnings were in effect Saturday morning from Fergus Falls, MN to the Canadian border. More rain is expected in the region this weekend.