Ninth District units assist Red River flooding response

CLEVELAND – Units from the Ninth Coast Guard District are assisting units from the Eighth District in response to flooding along the Red River, which runs through Minnesota and North Dakota.

Coast Guard crewmembers are working closely with both local and state officials from response centers in the Red River region and have saved 16 lives as of approximately 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Ninth District assets responding include an Air Station Traverse City, Mich., HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew; and 20-ft.airboats from Coast Guard Stations Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Sturgeon Bay, Wis. and Marblehead, Ohio.

Additional airboats from Stations Belle Isle, Mich., Saginaw, Mich. and Alexandria Bay, N.Y. are standing by to deploy if needed.

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