SIOUXLAND---The last of the South Dakota National Guard members involved in levee patrols and other Missouri River flood response missions have been released from that duty.
Friday's release of the crews on levee patrols in the Dakota Dunes area of Union County also signaled the end of formal flood response missions for state and federal agencies after more than three months of activity.
South Dakota Office of Emergency Management Kristi Turman calls it a milestone day in terms of state and federal flood response.
National Guard members were demobilized from levee security in the Pierre and Fort Pierre area on Aug. 25.
At the height of the Missouri River flood response, some 1,300 National Guard men and women were on duty.