Governor Orders National Guard to Crow Reservation

Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:14 PM

 

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Brian Schweitzer has deployed Montana National Guard soldiers to the Crow Reservation as residents deal with major flooding.

The order to send 50 guardsmen to the reservation Saturday came a day after the governor toured the area and other parts of the state.

Crow Tribe officials earlier in the week requested National Guard aid after heavy rainfall put much of the reservation under water and left residents stranded.

A spokesman for the Montana National Guard says soldiers will provide unarmed security checkpoints to assist Crow personnel.

The first check points are expected to be set up by Saturday afternoon.

Crow emergency officials say water had receded on the reservation Saturday. But heavy storms and more flooding are expected this weekend.

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