VIDEO: N.D. National Guard help with levee overflow threat Sunday near HarwoodHere is video from the North Dakota National Guard, taken Sunday near Harwood, N.D.
By: N.D. National Guard,
Here is video provided by the North Dakota National Guard, taped Sunday near Harwood, N.D. According to the Guard, one of its "quick response force teams" stationed in Harwood responded to the near overflow of a clay levee along Interstate 29 after a Harwood resident asked for the team for help. A Guard article, written by Spc. Jessica Raasch, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, appears below the video.
HARWOOD, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s quick reaction force team stationed in Harwood, N.D., responded to a near overflow of a levee in Harwood Sunday.
A clay levee along Interstate 29 was approaching overflow when a citizen of Harwood approached the QRF and asked them for help to prevent overflow which would produce further flooding in Harwood.
Twelve members of the QRF responded to the scene within 10 minutes of the initial request and worked urgently to place sandbags at the location while waiting for city contractors to get on the scene to permanently fix the levee with clay.
Within minutes, the QRF had enough sandbags placed to hold back the water. They then waited at the location to make sure the situation was under control until the city contractors were on scene.
“We never know what we’re going to do, how long it’s going to be, or what it’s going to take,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Hebl, noncommissioned officer in charge of the day shift Harwood QRF.
The Harwood QRF reported to duty on Thursday after only a day’s notice for their employers and family members.
“We have bankers, teachers and students on our team,” Hebl said. “It takes a big commitment for our guys to do this, but that’s what the National Guard is all about.”
Since the team came together, they’ve helped evacuate an elderly man from his home in rural Argusville, N.D., and they responded this afternoon, again near Argusville, when a man became stuck in his tractor after the flooded road gave out beneath him. The floodwaters there were too deep for the high-wheeled military vehicles, so the Cass County Sheriff’s office used an airboat to rescue the man.
An additional response Sunday took the team to the north end of West Fargo, where they helped to sandbag a home that was quickly coming under water. That response continued into the early evening, and the North Dakota National Guard will provide more information, photos and videos in the morning.