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Published April 11, 2011, 02:39 PM

300 MN Guard Soldiers on Patrol in Flood Zone

Nearly 300 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are now patrolling the levees protecting property on the Minnesota side of the flooding Red River in northwestern Minnesota, up about 70 soldiers from Sunday.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 300 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are now patrolling the levees protecting property on the Minnesota side of the flooding Red River in northwestern Minnesota, up about 70 soldiers from Sunday.

The Minnesota Emergency Operations Center reports about 200 soldiers are Clay County, about 70 in Norman County and about 15 more in Marshall County.

The state Department of Natural Resources is also helping Clay County with two boats used to check on residents in rural areas facing over-land flooding. Those boats can also be used in rescues.

The state transportation department reports several major roads are closed in the area, including large sections of U.S. Highway 75 near Perley, Hendrum, Shelly and Climax.

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