Coast Guard continues rescue operations in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Coast Guard crews rescued 3 adults and one dog yesterday.  This brings a total of 85 people, 14 dogs, 14 cats and 3 birds rescued from the flood waters in 4 days of operations along the Red River.

“In this response, our primary mission is to save and protect the lives of those affected by the flooding,” said Capt. Steve Hudson, commander of Sector Upper Mississippi River. “The Coast Guard will keep personnel and equipment in the area as long as necessary. But this is not a one-agency operation. We are part of a very skilled and highly-motivated team led by the states of North Dakota and Minnesota, and including FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and numerous other agencies and volunteers.”

The breakdown of Coast Guard assests is as follows:

3 helicopter crews on scene, 2 additional helicopetrs enroute

2 HC-130 airplane on scene

3 Disaster Response Teams DART onscene, 1 enroute, 3 on standby

7 Airboats on scene

2 Coast Guard Auxiliary communications trailer onscene

107 Coast Guard personnel

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