National Guard stands ready to assist in flood relief efforts

March 21, 2019 05:44 PM

As residents of New Ulm watch floodwaters rise, a member of the Minnesota National Guard stands ready to help his hometown.

Capt. Justin Windschitl is among the 13,000 Guard members in 61 Minnesota communities ready to go wherever they are needed.


"We have already pushed out an alert roster to our soldiers and we've also pushed out a packing list," Windschitl said.

"And we're making sure we have vehicles staged and ready to go."

RELATED: Flooding preparations continue in St. Paul

Windschitl still has pictures of his family home flooded back in 1997. He said it's one of the reasons he decided to serve.

"Oh absolutely," he said. "It was a big part of our community here when the Guard was activated to come down here and help us sandbag."

Guard officials said the hot spots they are watching most closely include communities like New Ulm, Montevideo and Moorhead.

The Guard has giant vehicles that can go places others can't. It can offer air support for search and rescue operations. And Guard members monitor levees and control traffic.

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Armories are also used as shelters.

"It's an important mission we provide for our communities, and I am glad we can provide it," Windschitl said.

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