Governor Walz taps National Guard for Northeast Minnesota flood response

Photo by: Governor Tim Walz - Facebook
Photo by: Governor Tim Walz - Facebook

(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz is directing National Guard personnel to respond to flooding in parts of northeastern Minnesota.

The move reportedly comes after emergency-management authorities in Koochiching and Saint Louis counties sought state help after heavy rain and melting snow prompted record-high water levels throughout the Rainy River basin.

"I’ve seen firsthand the impact historic flooding is having on farmers, businesses, and communities in Minnesota," said Walz in a statement posted to his Facebook page on the recent flooding. "I'm sending National Guard troops to support flood operations in northern Minnesota to ensure communities receive the support they need as water rises in the region."

Forecasters say it's possible levels could top previous record highs logged in 2014 and 1950.