Gov. Jack Dalrymple said yesterday he has directed the North Dakota National Guard to assist the City of Minot and Ward County in safeguarding area residents from high river flows and further flooding.
During a meeting in Minot today with city and Ward County officials, Dalrymple said the North Dakota National Guard will provide 24-hour assistance, monitoring city and county levee systems. National Guard members are expected to begin flood-assistance support in Ward County beginning today.
“As these water levels continue to challenge our flood-control capabilities, the state will patrol and monitor dikes and coordinate other flood response efforts,” Dalrymple said. “High water flows are expected to continue for several days and we need to make sure that every precaution is taken to protect people and property.”
Gov. Dalrymple, Major General David Sprynczynatyk, adjutant general, State Engineer Todd Sando, Greg Wilz, director of emergency services, FEMA coordinating officer Willie Nunn and local officials including Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman and Ward County Commission Chairman Jerome Gruenberg also toured Minot-area river conditions from a Blackhawk helicopter to help coordinate state and local flood response efforts.
Source: the office of Governor Dalrymple