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December 04, 2007
Oregon National Guard rescues 100s, provides ongoing support
 
The Oregon National Guard mobilized the 125th Special Tactics Squadron Dec. 3 to assist first responders in the rescue of citizens of Vernonia. By the time the mission was completed, between 200 and 400 residents had been evacuated by the 125th STS.

Due to extreme weather conditions and obstacles on the ground, rescue by air was too risky. The 125th STS, with support from the 141st Support Battalion arrived in Vernonia overnight and quickly deployed four zodiac boats. Making their way through the flooded streets and residences of Vernonia, the National Guardsmen brought welcome relief.

The Oregon National Guard continues to support response and recovery efforts in the wake of sever winter storms that struck the Pacific Northwest.

Areas hardest hit by the storm have asked for generators, water, and assistance with getting supplies. The ORNG is working closely with state agencies and private organizaitons like the Red Cross to move equipment and supplies to where they're needed most.

Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski said the state will support first responders and assist with providing immediate needs such as medical care, shelter and food. In addition, he noted that schools which were partially submerged by record floodwaters in Vernonia will need a great deal of assistance during the recovery process if they are to continue providing educational services to their students.
 
Contact Info:
 
Maj Mike Braibish
503-584-3886
or
503-932-5805
 
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
or
503-931-5179