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    New York Guard Responds to Flooding In Lake Ontario Area

    NY Guard respondes to Lake Ontario flooding.

    Courtesy Photo | Members of the New York Guard, the state's volunteer defense force, load sand bags...... read more read more



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    New York National Guard

    ROCHESTER—Thirty New York Guard members have been working alongside National Guard and Naval Militia members as part of the state’s response to Lake Ontario’s extra-high waters.

    The New York Guard members have conducted a variety of missions ranging from filling sandbags to going door-to-door to see if homeowners need help with flooded basements, said Ed Keyrouze, the New York Guard’s administrative officer.

    Warrant Officer Mark Folgert, the officer-in-charge of the New York Guard contingent said that the team has the “right people to hit the ground running.”

    Daily operations consist of crews going out to either fill sand bags or being sent to the flooding front to construct the sandbag wall, said Sgt. M.J. Phillips, who is tasked with tracking the employment of personnel.
    “The work is physically demanding, but we are all having fun and enjoy what we do.” Said Pvt. Aaron Patnode.

    At the peak of operations, which began on May 3, just over 300 New York National Guard, Naval Militia, and New York Guard personnel have been involved in the flood response mission.

    Story by PFC Vincenzo Carciofolo, New York Guard



    Date Taken: 06.12.2017
    Date Posted: 06.13.2017 15:40
    Story ID: 237718
    Location: ROCHESTER, NY, US 

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