MIDLAND, Mich. – Michigan National Guard units from Bay City, Saginaw, Port Huron and other nearby communities early Wednesday helped evacuate people threatened by massive flooding in the Midland area resulting from the breach of the Edenville and Sanford Dams.
After the Michigan State Police (MSP) requested assistance, about 130 Soldiers and more than 40 specialized vehicles arrived. The National Guard began missions at 4 a.m. May 20, evacuating citizens, augmenting emergency planners and preparing logistical support.
For the mission, the Michigan National Guard was using assets such as Light Medium Tactical Vehicles (LMTVs) that can drive through high water. More than 200 Soldiers and additional equipment were to arrive throughout the day, with additional Guard members on standby with capabilities for aviation, rescue hoist and logistical support.
“Our priority is supporting the state of Michigan’s response to this situation and ensuring the safety and well-being of Michigan citizens,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant gGeneral and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Members of the Michigan National Guard are trained to respond at a moment’s notice when their skills are called upon. Their professionalism is another reassuring example of the Guard’s mission as ‘Michiganders helping Michiganders.’”
Guard members will mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread during this emergency response, using carefully supervised medical protocols, including pre-screening, mission-appropriate face covering, social distancing and sanitizing equipment.
The Guard has also been integrated into the state’s emergency response for COVID-19 since it was activated by the governor March 18. Almost 1,000 Michigan National Guard members are supporting COVID-19 response missions across the state, part of a nationwide National Guard response of almost 46,000 troops.
Dam break floods Midland, Michigan video: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/753512/dam-break-edenville-and-sanford-flooding-midland-mich
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