UPDATE: La. Guardsmen rescue over 4,000 residents during severe weather
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana’s National Guardsmen currently have 1,197 Guardsmen assisting with emergency flood operations which include evacuations, search and rescue, distribution of water and meals, security and shelter support and distribution of sand bags and sand bag filling machines.
The LANG has rescued over 4,255 citizens, 354 pets and has issued over one million sand bags.
The Guardsmen have also issued more than 71,570 bottles of water to Richland, Natchitoches, Vernon and Winn Parish, and issued 576 MRE’s to Winn Parish.
LANG also issued 700 cots and blankets to Richland Parish for shelter support.
Over the course of the emergency flood operations, the LANG has used more than 160 high-water vehicles, 44 boats and 3 helicopters.
The LANG has liaison officer teams in 15 Parishes: Bossier, Beauregard, Claiborne, Caldwell, Calcasieu Caddo, Grant, Franklin, Livingston, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and Vernon.