National Guard deployed to Cass County, LaMoure to fight flooding

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum says National Guard resources are going to Cass County and the city of LaMoure to help residents with potential flooding in the region.

The Emergency Commission also made $300,000 in contingency funds available to cover immediate costs by the National Guard and other states agencies in response to this year’s flooding.

The National Guard is providing a quick response force of up to 10 soldiers, as well as trucks for hauling sandbags and a light mobility tactical vehicle for evacuation and rescue, to respond to emergency calls if needed starting Saturday through April 14. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services has supplied Hesco barriers and sandbags to LaMoure to help deal with flooding from the James River as needed.

Burgum and Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, the state’s adjutant general, both cautioned that while melt conditions have been ideal so far, significant risk remains for ice jams, snowmelt and localized thunderstorms to cause major flooding.