Photo By 1st Lt. Chad Carlson | State Command Sgt. Maj Larry Zimmerman talks with CW5 Lonnie Hofer, State Safety Officer and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Flatmoe (left), a platoon sergeant with the South Dakota Army National Guard's 3rd Platoon, 842nd Engineer Company as they finish the construction of a levee surrounding the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, June 1, 2011 to prevent water damage from the rising Missouri River. More than 900 South Dakota Army and Air Guardsmen have been called upon to assist in the flood relief efforts throughout the state.
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PIERRE, S.D. – Soldiers with the 842nd Engineer Company completed construction of a nearly 900-foot levee in the vicinity of the Ramkota Hotel today.
1st Lt. Scott Connor, 3rd Platoon Leader for the 842nd, said the unit’s heavy equipment operators repeatedly navigated through heavily-congested traffic to haul dirt from the outskirts of Pierre to the Ramkota project site.
“Driving through the city was basically the only challenge we faced with this project,” said Connor. “The morale was high, the work got done, and the Soldiers really enjoyed the mission. It’s what they do.”
The U.S. Corps of Engineers designed the construction of the levee to be four-and-a-half feet high and 900 feet long. Connor said the finished product came just short of that at a length of 868 feet.
“Now that this levee is complete, we will stand by for follow on missions in the area,” Connor added.
Members of the 842nd were completing training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo., for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan when they received the call to support flood operations in Pierre.
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