Guard Soldiers Assist in Flood Relief Efforts

By www.Army.milJune 18, 2008

Staff Sgt. Shad Myers, a flight engineer with the Iowa Army National Guard, watches for hazards en route to extracting damaged water pumps for the Cedar Rapids Water Utility. Heavy rains have pushed the Iowa River above the 500-year flood mark, covering the pumps for several days and making repairs impossible without air support. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Shad Myers, a flight engineer with the Iowa Army National Guard, watches for hazards en route to extracting damaged water pumps for the Cedar Rapids Water Utility. Heavy rains have pushed the Iowa River above the 500-year flood mark, covering the pumps for several days and making repairs impossible without air support. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Air Force Master Sgt Jack Braden) VIEW ORIGINAL
An employee of the Cedar Rapids Water Utility prepares to attach a lift cable from an Iowa Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter to a damaged water pump on the Iowa River near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The CH-47 was used recover several water pumps in need of repair following massive flooding caused by heavy rains in Iowa. The pumps will be repaired and put back in place to provide fresh water for the residents of Cedar Rapids. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An employee of the Cedar Rapids Water Utility prepares to attach a lift cable from an Iowa Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter to a damaged water pump on the Iowa River near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The CH-47 was used recover several water pumps in need of repair following massive flooding caused by heavy rains in Iowa. The pumps will be repaired and put back in place to provide fresh water for the residents of Cedar Rapids. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Air Force Master Sgt Jack Braden) VIEW ORIGINAL
Master Sgt. Doug Edwards disconnects a damaged water pump from an Iowa Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter after it was recovered from a flooded location along the Iowa River. Several pumps were recovered and will be repaired and put back in place to provide fresh water for the residents of Cedar Rapids. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Master Sgt. Doug Edwards disconnects a damaged water pump from an Iowa Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter after it was recovered from a flooded location along the Iowa River. Several pumps were recovered and will be repaired and put back in place to provide fresh water for the residents of Cedar Rapids. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Air Force Master Sgt Jack Braden) VIEW ORIGINAL
A team of Cedar Rapids Water Utility employees and a contingent from the Iowa Army National Guard survey one of several water pumps that will be airlifted for repair, using a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The pumps provide fresh water for Cedar Rapids, Iowa and were damaged by floodwaters after days of heavy rain. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A team of Cedar Rapids Water Utility employees and a contingent from the Iowa Army National Guard survey one of several water pumps that will be airlifted for repair, using a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The pumps provide fresh water for Cedar Rapids, Iowa and were damaged by floodwaters after days of heavy rain. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Tech. Sgt. Melissa Allan) VIEW ORIGINAL
A CH- 47 Chinook helicopter from the Iowa Army National Guard is used to recover water pumps near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The damaged water pumps were located on platforms above the 100-year flood-line along the Iowa River. Heavy rains have pushed the river above the 500-year flood mark covering the pumps for several days and made repairs impossible without air support. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A CH- 47 Chinook helicopter from the Iowa Army National Guard is used to recover water pumps near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The damaged water pumps were located on platforms above the 100-year flood-line along the Iowa River. Heavy rains have pushed the river above the 500-year flood mark covering the pumps for several days and made repairs impossible without air support. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Air Force Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios) VIEW ORIGINAL
A resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receives a wristband, signifying approval to return home, June 15, 2008. Residents are allowed to return to their homes during designated times to recover personal items and valuables. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receives a wristband, signifying approval to return home, June 15, 2008. Residents are allowed to return to their homes during designated times to recover personal items and valuables. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Air Force Master Sgt. Jack Braden) VIEW ORIGINAL
A breach in a sandbag levee around an Ottumwa power plant catches the attention of Pfc. Jordan Renkin and emergency workers, who struggle to save it from floodwaters. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A breach in a sandbag levee around an Ottumwa power plant catches the attention of Pfc. Jordan Renkin and emergency workers, who struggle to save it from floodwaters. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Chad D. Nelson) VIEW ORIGINAL
Here is a view of Des Moines, Iowa. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Here is a view of Des Moines, Iowa. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Here is a view of Iowa City, Iowa. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure.
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Here is a view of Iowa City, Iowa. Soldiers throughout the Midwest are assisting with evacuations, search and rescue, security, sandbagging, generator support, providing emergency drinking water, removing debris and repairing damaged infrastructure. (Photo Credit: courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL