POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Within hours of being activated by Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri National Guard has begun flood relief operations in southeast Missouri.
The 400 Guardsmen are conducting a number of missions in support of local authorities, including sandbagging, levee monitoring, route reconnaissance,
door-to-door safety visits, and supporting law enforcement and first responders.
“We are well prepared for flood relief operations and are proud to support our fellow Missourians in the southeast,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner,
adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. “State emergency missions are a significant part of what the Guard does.”
Among those responding are the Soldiers of the 880th Engineer Team (Haul) of Perryville. Team commander 1st Lt. Richard Branson said his Soldiers – who
have to motto “You call, we haul” – are ready to get to work.
“The 880th is prepared to help those who need us and are affected by the large amount of rainfall and flooding,” Branson said. “Our Soldiers are our
best asset for this situation because they are all trained to operate the necessary equipment to get the job done. If the situation escalates to where
we are needed, we will be there as soon as possible ready to help in any way we can.”
Units supporting the flood response include: 70th Troop Command, Jefferson Barracks; 175th Military Police Battalion, of Columbia; the 1140th Engineer
Battalion, Cape Girardeau; the 1221st Transportation Company, of Dexter, Portageville and Sikeston; the 1140th Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
Cape Girardeau; the 1138th Military Police Company, of West Plains and Springfield; the 1138th Engineer Company, of Farmington and Fredericktown;
the 1175th Military Police Company, of St. Clair and St. Louis; the 880th Engineer Detachment, Perryville; the 220th Engineer Company, Festus and the
Joint Operations Center at Joint Force Headquarters in Jefferson City.
Missouri’s Soldiers and Airmen will continue working in support of local authorities until released by the governor.
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