Fargo Flooding Fears

>Turn on any TV news channel over the next few days and you’re bound to see our men and women helping out people currently impacted by flooding along the Red River in Minnesota, and North Dakota.

(Left: Chief Greg Zerfass, executive petty officer of Small Boat Station Marblehead,Ohio, holds an informal brief with fellow boat crewmembers and agency officials from Oxbow, N.D., Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
USCG photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Renee C. Aiello

Much like the service’s response to Hurricane Katrina, Coast Guard crews from all over the country are moving in to help Eighth District Coast Guard teams, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, state and local first responders to rescue those in need.

From the Ninth District, we’ve sent a helicopter and crew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich. and airboats with crews from Stations Marblehead, Ohio; Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.; St. Clair Shores, Mich. and Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. to assist.

(Right: A Ninth District Airboat crew readies for deployment near Oxbow, N.D. March 25. USCG photo by Petty Officer Renee C. Aiello)

Word as of 1:30 Central Standard Time today is that the Coast Guard has rescued 16 people and numerous family pets from the rising flood waters near Oxbow, N.D.

The Eighth District has set up an informational website for flood operations, which can be found here.

Flood forecasting for the Red River Basin can be found here, and here’s an interesting site from North Dakota State University that contains numerous flood tools and historical information on past flooding in the Red River Basin.

Be sure to check back here over the next few days for more stories about our D9 crews and their efforts to help folks in North Dakota and Minnesota. Semper Paratus and good luck!

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