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Published March 19, 2010, 04:15 PM

Grand Forks Air Force Base And FEMA Helping With Flood Relief

The Grand Forks Air Force Base has positioned itself as a center for flood relief this year. They've not only sent their own airmen to help, but they've taken in FEMA who has set up their operations center there.

The Grand Forks Air Force Base has positioned itself as a center for flood relief this year.

They've not only sent their own airmen to help, but they've taken in FEMA who has set up their operations center there.

One by one dozens of FEMA semi-trailers rolled their way onto the Grand Forks Air Force Base this week. they will be running their operations out of there in assisting with flood relief efforts up and down the Red River.

Col. Joe Douez: "They decided this would be a good place for them to be able to bring their capabilities, generators water supplies. We have this giant air pad were standing on."

This is the second year in a row the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up on base. If the state lacks aid that's when they step in to deploy with help from the Border patrol and their UAVs, Fish and Wildlife with airboats, and search and rescue to name a few.

Justo Hernandez: "We have food for 20-thousand people for up to 5-days; we have 20-thousand cots, blankets, meals 2-per day per person, water."

The base is also running its own operation. They have this emergency operation center open 24- hours a day, monitoring floods around the state and are on standby.

Col. Joe Douez: "We did have 30 airmen go down and fill 10-thousand sandbags yesterday; we started early and got done by 7:30."

They rehearse "what if" scenarios; for example if a dike breaks in Grand Forks how they will help. They will work with FEMA to provide aid until the water recedes.

The base is also set up to provide FEMA with air support in landing or take-offs if its needed.

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