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Dayton Declares Emergency, Sends Soldiers to Koochiching Co.

Updated: 06/19/2014 1:49 PM
Created: 06/19/2014 12:47 PM WDIO.com

Governor Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 35 Minnesota counties, including St. Louis, Koochiching, and Beltrami, and directed the Minnesota National Guard to send soldiers to Koochiching County in response to recent flooding.

The guard will send 100 soldiers to storm-affected areas of Koochiching County.  Water levels on the Rainy River, Rainy Lake, and other waterways have been rising for the past week to historic levels.  Gov. Dayton visited the area on Tuesday.

The soldiers are from the Cloquet-based Troop C, 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry.  They began to check in at the Cloquet Armory Thursday and will deploy to International Falls on Friday.

The State Emergency Operations Center, which was partially activated earlier this week, is now being fully activated.  State agencies work out of the center to monitor conditions around the state and respond to requests for state resources.

Counties covered by Dayton's State of Emergency include Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd, and Waseca.

Pfc. Nick Murphy from Duluth, Minn., Pvt. Tyler Gudmundson from North Branch, Minn., and Pvt. Kyle Russ from Ely, Minn., check in at the Cloquet Armory June 19, to prepare to mobilize to International Falls to support flood response efforts.
Photo by Cadet Jarad Weeks, Minn. National Guard
Gov. Mark Dayton surveys flood-affected areas in Koochiching County on Tuesday.

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Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Crow Wing; Morrison
Expires: 5/30/2015 1:00 AM

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