Iowa Guard civil support team pulls poisons from flood waters

Although terrorists are not responsible for the rain waters flooding the Midwest, at least one National Guard counterterrorism unit was wet and waist-deep in a battle here to protect their communities.

Tapping into their emergency support knowledge, the Iowa National Guard’s 22 citizen-soldiers and -airmen of the 71st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team have waded through the state’s flood waters since June 16 to help officials assess chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials floating through their towns and cities.

Nearly 6,000 National Guard members have assisted civil authorities and responded to call-outs by their governors in five states for the destructive and record-setting Midwest floods since early June.