Coast Guard responds to flooding in North Dakota, Minnesota

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard has established an Incident Command Post in preparation for the high-water conditions in the Red River, which runs through Minnesota and North Dakota.

Coast Guard crewmembers have been deployed to Emergency Operations Centers in North Dakota and Minnesota to coordinate response efforts with local and state officials.

Coast Guard assets responding are:

  • Disaster Assistance Response Teams DARTs from Marine Safety Detatchment St. Paul, Minn., have deployed to Wahpeton and Fargo, N.D.
  • An HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station New Orleans
  • An HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Traverse City, Mich.
  • An airboat from Station Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.
  • An airboat from Station St. Claire Shores, Mich.
  • An airboat from Station Marblehead, Ohio.
  • An airboat from Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Each DART consists of three flat-bottom boats known as flood punts, capable of navigating in shallow flood waters and are accompanied by eight crewmembers trained in flood response. Additional DARTs from Sector Upper Mississippi River, Sector Ohio Valley and Sector Lower Mississippi River are on standby and awaiting direction if needed.

Due to current high-water conditions in the Missouri River and the expected high-water conditions in the Upper Mississippi River, the Coast Guard is working with various federal, state and local agencies in preparation of flood operations.

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