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Published April 11, 2011, 02:39 PM

ND National Guard Update on Statewide Flooding

The Guard continues to monitor the state for potential flood operations. As of April 11, approximately 500 North Dakota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers on are flood response duty. An additional 2,800 Guardsmen are prepared to respond across the state if needed. The North Dakota National Guard is highly experienced in assisting in state emergencies such as flood operations to mitigate the loss of life and property.

The primary missions in the Fargo and Cass County area are dike and levee patrol and Quick Reaction Forces on standby. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, approximately 130 Guardsmen were performing around the clock patrols on 26 sections of dikes, checking them hourly, as well as monitoring pumps and pumping stations. Guardsmen are also manning four traffic control points.

Two Blackhawk (UH60) helicopters and two Kiowa (OH58) helicopters are prepared to respond in Fargo to assist with sandbag placement or search & rescue missions if needed, and for reconnaissance and general support.

There is a 19-person Quick Reaction Force standing by in Richland County, and about thirty Guardsmen supporting flood operations in Bismarck.

Historical Red River crest information:

Current observed level: 38.34

March 21, 2010: 36.99 ft

March 28, 2009: 40.84 ft

April 18, 1997: 39.72 ft

Bismarck Joint Operations Center (JOC):

TASKS: Joint Operations Center tracks missions

Barnes County/Valley City:

April 11, 2011: The Guard is preparing to send 100 Guardsmen to support flood fighting operations. Anticipated missions are dike and levee patrol, traffic control points and quick reaction forces.

Cass County/Fargo:

February 14, 2011: Air Component Command provided Cass County with one sand bagging machine.

April 5, 2011: Guard members began 2011 flood duty today in Fargo as they operated six traffic control points and one resource control point in the southern part of the city. Guardsmen at each station aided trucks loaded with pallets of sandbags and escorted by the Fargo Police Department as they traveled into neighborhoods that will need sandbag dikes constructed. They also controlled regular traffic in and out of those neighborhoods. The Guardsmen manning the points are all volunteers, and the Guard still has more than 3,000 Soldiers and Airmen available to respond.

April 6, 2011: Two UH-60s and one OH-58 helicopters and crews are stationed at Hector Field for 24/7 operations. Two heavy quick reaction force team (QRF) and 5 light QRF teams are currently being stood up for 24/7 operations.

April 7, 2011: Guardsmen began 24-hour dike and levee patrols in Fargo. Six traffic control points are currently being manned. Aviation assets have been pre-positioned in Fargo for flood operations. Forty 1-ton sandbags and cables are pre-positioned in the event of an emergency. Quick reaction forces are also on standby in support of Cass County in the cities of Hickson/Kindred and Harwood.

April 8, 2011: Primary missions in the Fargo and Cass County area are Traffic Control Points (15) and Quick Reaction Forces on standby. As of 7 p.m. yesterday, about 60 Guardsmen were performing 24/7 dike patrol.

At approximately 1:30 am, the North Dakota National Guard launched a Black Hawk helicopter with night vision and spotlight capabilities from the Fargo area in response to a Search and Rescue (SAR) request for a missing boat with two persons on the Red River. The request came from DES in support of Cass County Sheriff's office. The Black Hawk flew for about five hours when the boat was located.

April 9, 2011: Guardsmen are monitoring dikes and levees 24/7 in the city of Harwood. These patrols will continue until the water levels drop. Also the Guard has been tasked to provide a total of 4 personnel to conduct dike patrol at Chrisan, Forest River and Round Hill subdivisions. These patrols will continue until the water levels drop.

Guardsmen are conducting one traffic control points in the city of Fargo. Guardsmen are supporting 2 traffic control points in Cass County for water over roadways. Levee and dike patrol teams in the city of Fargo, Harwood and Cass County are providing 24/7 monitoring.

April 10, 2011: The Harwood QRF team deployed to an on-ramp of I-29 North. They placed sandbags on the clay levee on the north end of the on ramp due to water going over the clay levee. They placed sandbags as an emergency measure until the civilian contractor arrived to raise the levee to stop the inflow of flood waters.

Traffic control points in the city of Fargo have ended. Guardsmen now supporting 4 traffic control points in support of Cass County where water has overflowed onto roads. Quick reaction forces remain on stand-by in Fargo, Cass County, Hickson/Kindred and Harwood.

Guardsmen have now transitioned to 16 levee and dike patrol teams in the city of Fargo, Harwood and Cass County providing 24 hour coverage. There is also 1 pump monitoring mission in the city of Fargo.

April 10, 2011: Levee and dike patrol missions in the city of Fargo providing 24 hour coverage.

Richland County:

Feb. 25, 2011: The NDNG will provide two five ton dump trucks with operators to Wahpeton, Richland County, for pre-staging of sandbags.

March 18, 2011: Guardsmen provided 2 additional 5-ton dump trucks to Wahpeton for dike maintenance operations. This is to pre-position assets in preparation of flooding requirement for Richland County.

April 5, 2011: The North Dakota National Guard is on standby for potential emergencies in Richland County. Two eight-member quick response force (QRF) teams are based out of the Wahpeton Armed Forces Reserve Center and on call 24 hours a day to respond.

April 7, 2011: Quick reaction forces stand ready to assist in flood operations.

April 8, 2011: Quick reaction forces continue to stand ready to assist in flood operations.

Rolette County

Feb 15, 2011: Land Component Command (LCC) provided sandbagging machine to City of Belcourt. Machine transported from Camp Grafton Training Center.

Feb 16, 2011: - Third day of flooding; water overflowing Belcourt Lake into Ox.

Sandbagging for Belcourt; 2 Soldiers placed on State Active Duty to provide on-site assistance.