ND Guard starts trimming flood-fighting forces

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota National Guard says it has begun the process of trimming its flood-fighting forces.

Soldiers are doing everything from controlling traffic to monitoring levees. About 1,200 were on flood duty in Bismarck and Minot on Wednesday. The Guard says that number will start to decrease in the coming days.

With the current flooding in the Missouri River and Souris River basins and earlier flooding in the Red River Valley, some guardsmen are looking at entering their third month of fighting floods this spring. The Guard says it has services to support the soldiers and help them deal with the stress.

In a separate development, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Bismarck-Mandan has rescheduled Frontier Army Days from this month to August due to the flooding.