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 which is 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 involves bringing two 10,000 pound pumps closer to the Bourbanis Dam located on the Red River in Pembina, North Dakota,” said Army Col. Gregory Fix, an Army Aviation officer for the Minnesota National Guard. “The CH-47 Chinook is a tremendous asset to the National Guard,” Fix said. “It has the ability to lift heavy loads in excess of 10,000 pounds, and moving the two pumps for flood support is just one example.”

Guard members and aircraft belong to B Company based in St. Cloud, 1-171 Aviation Regiment.

Flooding from spring snowmelt and recent wet weather has been causing problems in the Red River Valley and other parts 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.

NWS/Grand Forks

NWS/Grand Forks

NWS/Grand Forks

NWS/Grand Forks

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