Nixon sending National Guard to North Dakota

Saturday, March 28, 2009 | 4:53 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sending Missouri National Guard members to North Dakota to help residents there deal with historic flooding.

Nixon said Saturday the state is sending two C-130 aircraft with 14 Airmen from St. Joseph and 20 members of a National Guard helicopter maintenance team from Springfield.

The helicopter maintenance group will report to Grand Forks today while the C-130 crews are awaiting mission assignments.

The Red River along the North Dakota-Minnesota line is threatening the city of Fargo as it is more than 22 feet above flood stage. And though the river has crested, it is expected to stay more than 20 feet above flood stage for several days, testing the strength of the dikes. It is expected to crest well above the previous record of 40.1 feet, set in 1897.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.