SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Thursday, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard to support flood control operations in northeastern Minnesota. Earlier this week, Rep. Rob Ecklund (DFL – International Falls) called on Governor Walz to deliver assistance to combat potential flooding in Koochiching and St. Louis counties in coordination with other state, local, and federal efforts.
“Thank you to Governor Walz for activating the Minnesota National Guard. It’s been many years since we’ve experienced this level of flooding, and if we don’t act quickly, homes, cabins, businesses, resorts, and other property could be in grave jeopardy,” Rep. Ecklund said. “I’m grateful for the folks in our region who have come together to volunteer in this effort, and we need more hands on deck. We should all be proud of the dedicated members of the National Guard who are available at a moment’s notice to step up to help strangers and help communities, and I look forward to welcoming them to the Northland.”
Water levels in the Rainy River basin continue to rise and the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning through Monday. Many roads have been washed out and community members have been sandbagging in recent days to protect property.
A copy of the governor’s executive order can be found here.