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June 22, 2011ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Wayman

Flood Battle Plans

State officials are calling the northwest Missouri response to Missouri River flooding the "Flood Fight" and it's becoming a literal battle.

Officers from the 139th task force at Rosecrans Air Base near St. Joseph have moved equipment out and away from the rising threat, and the Missouri Army National Guard is teaming up with the civil air patrol on air reconnaissance missions over the river. Colonel Greg Mason heads up Task Force 110 that's in charge of protecting northwest Missouri from the flooding. He says both planes and helicopters are being used now and are on standby.

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Mason says even civilian help is welcomed alerting citizen soldiers of possible levee breaches as soon as they happen.