Walz declares peacetime emergency, authorizes Minnesota National Guard to support flood operations in northwestern Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared a peacetime emergency in northwestern Minnesota, following Saturday's severe spring storms.

The emergency authorizes the Minnesota National Guard to provide support for emergency flood operations, including personnel, equipment and resources.

"When our neighbors are in trouble, we step up and lend a hand," Walz said. "I am proud that the Minnesota National Guard has answered this call to serve. The support of the Guard will be critical to ensuring the safety of Minnesotans during this difficult time."

Beginning Saturday, the storm brought heavy rains and strong winds to northwestern Minnesota, causing flash flooding across the region. Flooding on Crookston's Red Lake River has closed roads and threatened key facilities, including a fire station and housing development.

Walz's office says the Polk County Sheriff and Emergency Manager have requested the Minnesota National Guard assist with emergency sandbagging, patrol of flood protection systems, and potential evacuation operations.