La. National Guard rescues more than 19K following flooding
BATON ROUGE – Thousands of Louisiana National Guardsmen are working tirelessly for flood response efforts in the Baton Rouge area.
As of Thursday, Aug. 18, the Louisiana National Guard has rescued over 19,040 citizens and 2,660 pets. The LANG has issued more than 76, 930 MRE's, 465 tarps and 961, 500 sandbags.
The guardsmen have also issued more than 2,200 cots and 1,700 blankets for shelter support.
For the past few days, the guardsmen have supported local, state, and federal agencies with more than 280 high-water vehicles, 55 boats, 11 Bridge Erection Boats and nine helicopters.
The LANG has liaison officer teams in eight parishes: Ascension, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Vermillion, St. James and St. John.
The La. Guardsmen will continue operations throughout the state as recovery efforts are in full swing following the historic flooding in the state.