Oslo Becomes an Island, Again

An ABC news crew films Good Morning America's story on the flooding around the city of Oslo, Minn. April 14, 2011.  From along flooded-over Minnesota Highway 1.  Barbara Pinto, a news correspondent for ABC, reported about Red River Valley flooding that has made Oslo into an island.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

An ABC news crew films Good Morning America's story on the flooding around the city of Oslo, Minn. April 14, 2011. From along flooded-over Minnesota Highway 1. Barbara Pinto, a news correspondent for ABC, reported about Red River Valley flooding that has made Oslo into an island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

An ABC news crew films Good Morning America's story on the flooding around the city of Oslo, Minn. April 14, 2011.  From along flooded-over Minnesota Highway 1.  Barbara Pinto, a news correspondent for ABC, reported about Red River Valley flooding that has made Oslo into an island.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

An ABC news crew films Good Morning America's story on the flooding around the city of Oslo, Minn. April 14, 2011. From along flooded-over Minnesota Highway 1. Barbara Pinto, a news correspondent for ABC, reported about Red River Valley flooding that has made Oslo into an island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

Oslo city officials (standing in background) and Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers discuss the details of the recent evacuation exercise in the city of Oslo on April 14, 2011. Civil authorities, civilians and soldiers jointly participated in the evacuation exercise to better prepare for a real evacuation scenario.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

Oslo city officials (standing in background) and Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers discuss the details of the recent evacuation exercise in the city of Oslo on April 14, 2011. Civil authorities, civilians and soldiers jointly participated in the evacuation exercise to better prepare for a real evacuation scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

An ABC news crew films Good Morning America's story on the flooding around the city of Oslo, Minn. April 14, 2011.  From along flooded-over Minnesota Highway 1.  Barbara Pinto, a news correspondent for ABC, reported about Red River Valley flooding that has made Oslo into an island.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

An ABC news crew films Good Morning America's story on the flooding around the city of Oslo, Minn. April 14, 2011. From along flooded-over Minnesota Highway 1. Barbara Pinto, a news correspondent for ABC, reported about Red River Valley flooding that has made Oslo into an island. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

A Minnesota National Guard Humvee and Oslo Fire and Rescue truck drive through the city of Oslo in order to gather citizens and transport them to a gathering point during an evacuation exercise in the city on April 14, 2011.  Soldiers assisted in the evacuation exercise while they were stationed in Oslo in support of civil authorities during 2011 flooding.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

A Minnesota National Guard Humvee and Oslo Fire and Rescue truck drive through the city of Oslo in order to gather citizens and transport them to a gathering point during an evacuation exercise in the city on April 14, 2011. Soldiers assisted in the evacuation exercise while they were stationed in Oslo in support of civil authorities during 2011 flooding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

Oslo, Minn. residents ride aboard a Minnesota National Guard five ton truck destined for a gathering point during an evacuation exercise in the city of Oslo on April 14, 2011.  Soldiers assisted in the evacuation exercise while they were stationed in Oslo in support of civil authorities during 2011 flooding.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

Oslo, Minn. residents ride aboard a Minnesota National Guard five ton truck destined for a gathering point during an evacuation exercise in the city of Oslo on April 14, 2011. Soldiers assisted in the evacuation exercise while they were stationed in Oslo in support of civil authorities during 2011 flooding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald)

OSLO, Minn. -- The city of Oslo, Minn., for the third consecutive year, was cut off from mainland Minnesota and essentially transformed into a temporary island due to spring-time flooding in the Red River Valley. This was the reason a national ABC news crew filmed Good Morning America live and on location near Oslo. In the morning sunrise of April 14, 2011, Barbara Pinto, an ABC news correspondent, spoke of the conditions in the area and how flood waters overtook Minnesota Highway 1. Highway 1 is the main entrance into Oslo from the east. This year the highway was flooded for nearly three miles east of the city.

Oslo civil authorities and the Minnesota National Guard conducted an evacuation exercise throughout the city. The exercise helped Oslo residents, civil authorities and soldiers better understand their roles in the event a real-world evacuation is ordered.

Residents volunteering to participate in the evacuation exercise were instructed to display a red piece of fabric at a designated place near their residence. This is done to symbolize their need for evacuation by Soldiers and civilian firefighters. The residents were rapidly located, assisted onto military and civil authority vehicles and ultimately delivered to the collection point. In the instance of a real evacuation the residents of Oslo would have been transferred to shore, but for the scope of the evacuation they were only brought to the collection point.

Participants gathered to discuss the details, efficiency and outcome of the exercise after its completion. Many people, including residents who participated in being evacuated, took away a good sense of the speed and order of what could potentially occur during a real-life evacuation in Oslo, Minn.