BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard members started the month with a deluge of flood response activity throughout the central portions of the state. Nearly 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen were working flood missions today.
In Bismarck and Mandan, Guardsmen are using their technical skills and equipment to work alongside the city, contractors and resident volunteers to help construct dirt levees, conduct sandbag operations, staff traffic control points, as well as work in small teams to assist in sandbag construction outside protected areas. In Minot, the main mission focus for Guardsmen is traffic control points, working on evacuation teams to conduct door-to-door visits in mandatory evacuation areas, working on levee maintenance and engaging in quick reaction force teams that are staged with engineer equipment.
The following photo sets and videos captured just some of the activity taking place today.
· Aerial Photos of the Missouri River through Bismarck and Mandan, N.D.: www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626738873411/
· Minot Flood Response (photos from the ground): www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626862901332/
· Sandbag Haul Missions in Bismarck-Mandan: www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626737452663/
· Traffic Control Points in Bismarck: www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626737434877/
· Garrison Dam and Spillway from the Air: www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626739174347/
· Civil Military Assistance Teams in Mandan: www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626863787366/
· Ward County by Air: www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/sets/72157626863822414/
· Garrison Dam and Spillway (June 1): www.youtube.com/watch?v=F85NowLX1PI
· Garrison Dam and Minot from the Air (May 31): www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLqEls0Dq24&feature=BFp&list=PL5391CA963D6F38C8&index=40
· Burlington and Minot 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZqTPmtAuss
· Burlington and Minot 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2327YuQMnA
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,500 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about a dozen North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.