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Visual Recap of Guard’s June 1 Flood Response 
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Garrison 
This aerial view taken June 1, 2011, from a North Dakota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the Garrison Dam and its spillway. Today was the first time the spillway has ever been opened. When all 28 gates are open by tomorrow night, 30,000 cfs of water will be coming through them. It's expected to eventually reach 150,000 cfs, sending a massive amount of water down the Missouri River and putting numerous homes and businesses at risk along the way. The North Dakota National Guard has more than 1,300 Soldiers and Airmen working in the Bismarck and Mandan, N.D., communities to help them prepare for the river's rise. (Photo by Sgt. Brett Miller, North Dakota National Guard Visual Information)

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.

PHOTOS

·         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/

VIDEOS

·         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

 

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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.

sandbag 
North Dakota National Guard members on a Civil Military Assistance Team (CMAT) build a sandbag dike along the Missouri on the Mandan side of the river by houses on Captain Marsh Dr. June 1, 2011. The CMAT team is working alongside city contractors to protect lower areas that are the first priority in keeping back overland flooding. (Photo by Sgt. Jesica Geffre, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
sandbag 
North Dakota National Guard members on a Civil Military Assistance Team (CMAT) lift one-ton sandbags that will link in with HESCO barriers under Memorial Bridge along the Missouri on the Mandan side of the river by houses on Captain Marsh Dr. June 1, 2011. The CMAT team is working alongside city contractors to protect lower areas that are the first priority in keeping back overland flooding. (Photo by Sgt. Jesica Geffre, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
Ward 
This photo taken from a North Dakota National Guard OH-58 Kiowa helicopter on June 1, 2011, shows the Minot and Burlington, N.D., areas, which have been battling flooding  throughout the Souris River Basin. About 600 North Dakota Soldiers and Airmen are working in Ward County on various flood-related missions, from patrolling levees to evacuating residents. (Photo by Sgt. Brett Miller, North Dakota National Guard Visual Information)
   
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