Soldiers from the Missouri National Guard and several local residents worked to repair the Sugar Tree Levee this past weekend. Click to hear KMZU’s Jillian Molloy talk with Public Affairs Officer Captain Michelle Matthews.

Captain Michelle Matthews

Press Release from the Missouri National Guard:

WAVERLY, Mo. – Soldiers from the 311th Brigade Support Battalion and 35th Combat Aviation Brigade worked alongside dozens of Carroll County community members in the intense heat to support efforts to reinforce the Sugar Tree levee.

The Sugar Tree Levee District requested assistance from the Missouri National Guard to help support logistical efforts in reinforcing the levee with 1500 pound sandbags. The 35th CAB used Blackhawk helicopters to lift and move sandbags onto the levee while the 311th Brigade Support Battalion provided ground support for the Blackhawks.

Local farmers, their family members, and volunteers gathered in Carroll County to support the sandbagging efforts. Members from the Sugar Tree Levee District and local supporters purchased the sand, sandbags and spent numerous hours filling the sandbags which were transported by the Missouri National Guard.

“We could not accomplish this mission without the Missouri National Guard and we thank them for all their support thus far,” said Roy Ritchhart, a member of the Sugar Tree Levee District.

The dedication and team work between the Missouri National Guard Soldiers and community members was apparent as they worked hand in hand to successfully execute the mission.

This is the second flood mission the Missouri National Guard has confronted in 2011 and the seventh flood response since 2007.

The Missouri National Guard is committed to supporting the state’s citizens through a variety of missions including levee monitoring, sandbagging, emergency route clearance, and supporting first responders and law enforcement. The Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of Missouri are highly experienced in flood response and are dedicated to creating solutions for any future obstacles.

For more information about the Missouri National Guard, please visit www.moguard.com and our social media sites: www.facebook.com/Missouri.National.Guard; www.twitter.com/Missouri_NG; www.youtube.com/MoNationalGuard; www.myspace.com/missouri_ng; www.flickr.com/photos/missouriguard; www.blog.moguard.com

 

Missouri National Guardsmen rescued a Carrollton family early Tuesday morning, when flood waters started invading their home.

Press Release from the Missouri National Guard:

CARROLL COUNTY – It was 3 a.m. and the sound of the bubbling water echoed throughout the house. Within an hour an inch of water had filled the basement. In the next couple of hours that small amount of water had risen to 15 inches, the homeowner recounted.

In a hurry, the homeowner grabbed the keys to his truck and ran out the door.As he attempted to move his truck and trailer to higher ground, he realized he was stuck, surrounded by mud and water, and in desperate need of help.

This is what Ben Gibson and his son Thomas experienced July 11 after the Wakenda Levee broke.

Ben Gibson and Sgt 1st Class Kenneth Zeller, 311th Brigade Support Battalion, stand in front of Gibson’s flooded home July 11 after the Wakenda Levee breached. Photo by Sgt 1st Class Robert Haaf.

“I woke up in a panic and did not know what to do first,” said Gibson.

In quick need of assistance Gibson called Carroll County Sheriff, Troy Hofstetter.

After receiving the call, Hofstetter contacted the Missouri Army National Guard 311th Brigade Support Battalion and within minutes help was on the way.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Haaf, 548th Transportation Company, and Sgt. 1st Class Kennett Zeller, Company B, 311th Brigade Support Battalion, responded to the call without hesitation. As they drove up in their Humvee they noticed the unsafe water level and immediately realized they would need a bigger vehicle.

“I was anxious because I did not think we could get through, but once we got the right vehicle we were able to rescue the Family,” explained Zeller.

Members of the Missouri Army National Guard use a modified cargo truck, known as the load handling system vehicle, to drive up to Ben Gibson’s home July 11 after the Wakenda Levee breached. Shanna Carson escorted the guardsmen to the home. Photo by Sgt 1st Class Robert Haaf.

The unit brought in a modified cargo truck, known as the load handling system vehicle, to battle the waters.

Those rescued from the home were Gibson, and his son Thomas, their pet goat “Cygoat,” the truck and the trailer. All were brought to a much safer and drier place.

“I am so thankful for the Missouri Army National Guard,” Gibson said. “It would have been a disaster if they didn’t. No one else could get there and the National Guard came and rescued us.”