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Wyo. National Guard activated to support flood mitigation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Five teams consisting of 23 Wyoming National Guard members each deployed from around the state to help first responders and local emergency workers with sandbagging operations in several Wyoming communities including Carbon/Albany county area, Fremont county/Wind River Reservation area, and Lincoln/Teton county area, however this may change.

The Wyoming National Guard has been activated, by executive order from Governor Matt Mead, to partner with local communities. The National Guard will be working under the guidance of local communities in a proactive approach to mitigate the damage of potential flooding across the state. The initial assignment will remain flexible based on the risk. We will remain flexible and mobile throughout the state should the need arise.

"Our Soldiers and Airmen are members of Wyoming communities and are proud of our state mission: to support our Wyoming communities in times of need," said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general.

Gov. Matt Mead signed the authorization May 27. The Soldiers and Airmen left today, and will work for up to 14 days. The troops took 10 transport trucks, five troop vans/buses and five Humvees.

For more information, please contact the Wyoming National Guard Public Affairs representatives at 307-772-5229 or 307-421-4983.