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Governor activates SDNG members to help in Puerto Rico hurricane recovery


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated four members of the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion, at the request of Puerto Rico government authorities to help with recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The Soldiers from the Watertown-based unit will provide water distribution capabilities to those in need.

They will deploy to Puerto Rico with two Load Handling System vehicles and trailers equipped with four Compatible Water Tank Racks, or "Hippos." The Hippos has the capability to receive, store and distribute up to 2,000 gallons of potable water per system.

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