About 150 Air Force Academy cadets are headed to South Dakota Thursday to help those recovering from a devastating flood.
The cadets will travel by bus to Pierre-Fort Pierre. Pierre Parks Director Tom Farnsworth says they will help with sandbag removal and other cleanup efforts in both private and public areas on Friday and Saturday. Cadets will stay with host families over the weekend as they help out.
The trip is part of the Academy's Service Learning program. The cadet wing performs about 40,000 hours of community service each year.
South Dakota's capital city and neighboring Fort Pierre were threatened by Missouri River flooding this summer. Emergency levees helped limit damage, and the floodwaters have since receded.