ST. PAUL — Approximately 20 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the Mankato-based Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry will mobilize to Henderson, Minn., today to support Sibley County with flood response activities.
"Our Soldiers are ready to assist our neighbors near the Minnesota River as flood waters continue to rise there and across the state," said Lt. Col. Rick Schute, Minnesota National Guard Director of Operations.
The Soldiers will provide over watch of critical flood mitigation infrastructure sites including flowage channels, levee watch and lift stations. The Soldiers are responding at the order of Governor Mark Dayton after local authorities requested state assistance for ongoing flooding in the area.
Since 2005, Minnesota National Guardsmen have completed more than 22,000 man-days assisting local authorities in response to fires, floods, blizzards, tornadoes and missing person searches across the state.
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