Montana National Guard aircrews prepare to hoist flood victims to safety. Two Army Guard helicopters rescued at least 12 people June 13-14, 2022, in South Central Montana. (Montana National Guard)
Montana National Guard aircrews prepare to hoist flood victims to safety. Two Army Guard helicopters rescued at least 12 people June 13-14, 2022, in South Central Montana. (Montana National Guard) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HARRISON, Mont. – Montana National Guard helicopter crews rescued at least a dozen flood victims this week.

At the request of local officials, the Montana National Guard continues to assist with search and rescue operations due to significant flooding in South Central Montana.

Starting at 2:45 p.m. June 13, the Montana National Guard began receiving requests to rescue stranded civilians using military aircraft with hoist capability. Two helicopters were dispatched to assist.

The first helicopter rescued two people in Roscoe and two people in Fromberg. The second helicopter recovered eight people in Cooke City.

After these missions, the Guard positioned the two aircraft in Billings to prepare for any follow-on missions. Two additional helicopters joined them.

On June 14, the Guard received the third request, to assist with a search and rescue near East Rosebud Lake.

The Montana National Guard also sent a group of Soldiers to Red Lodge to establish a command center to help coordinate search and rescue activity in the region.

Additional deployments of helicopter and ground support were possible.

The Montana National Guard can assist at the request of and in support of local and state partners.

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