City law enforcement joins flood response

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June 9, 2008 // UPDATED 12:12 pm - June 16, 2008
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

Officers from the Minneapolis Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office traveled Sunday to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to assist with the response to a historical flood.

Minneapolis Police reported that their counterparts in Cedar Rapids were “overwhelmed” with the scale of the flooding, which has left about 1,000 city blocks underwater.

Nine police officers and 10 sheriff’s deputies made the trip to Iowa after Cedar Rapids Police Chief Greg Graham called Saturday for assistance. They will work in areas where floodwaters are receding to assist residents who are returning to their homes, Minneapolis Police reported.

An additional 20 police officers and 10 deputies were authorized to respond to the disaster, if necessary. The sheriff’s office also contributed a mobile communications center to the effort.

The deployment of local officers to Cedar Rapids was expected to last about one week.