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National Guard Mobilizes Soldiers in Flooding Response

PIERRE - The South Dakota National Guard is mobilizing 300 soldiers to assist in the fight against flooding along the Missouri River in the Pierre and Fort Pierre areas.

PIERRE - The South Dakota National Guard is mobilizing 300 soldiers to assist in the fight against flooding along the Missouri River in the Pierre and Fort Pierre areas.

The 147th Artillery Battalion was alerted Thursday night. Soldiers reported to their armories Friday morning to prepare to move to the flood area Friday afternoon or evening. The Guard members will assist with filling and transporting sandbags.

In addition to the 147th Artillery Battalion, soldiers have been mobilized from the 139th Brigade Support Battalion, along with 27 trucks to be used for hauling sandbags.

The 147th Artillery Battalion headquarters is Watertown. Soldiers are also mobilizing from Aberdeen, Salem, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Mitchell, Webster, Madison and De Smet. The 139th Brigade Support Battalion is mobilizing from Brookings, Redfield and Miller.

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