Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-30, which activates the Minnesota National Guard to assist in areas of Minnesota that face a high risk of spring flooding.

“While COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for our state, it is not the only emergency our first responders are preparing for,” said Governor Walz. “Our National Guard remains ready to support our communities’ health, safety and public infrastructure.”

Large areas of Minnesota have been under significant threat of flooding during the 2020 spring snowmelt. Multiple counties have declared local emergencies and activated emergency operations plans, using local resources to protect the life and safety of people in the affected areas, and to protect property and infrastructure from additional damage.

Most immediately, the Minnesota National Guard will assist the Marshall County Sheriff and the community of Oslo, Minnesota by monitoring dikes and flood protection systems and supporting potential rescue and evacuation operations.

This Executive Order will be effective immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.