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La. National Guard dispatched for search and rescue operations

7 years 11 months 20 hours ago Friday, August 12 2016 Aug 12, 2016 August 12, 2016 3:19 PM August 12, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
@SDickesonTDA via Twitter

NEW ORLEANS - With the Gov. Edwards declaring a state of emergency earlier in the day, the Louisiana National Guard has mobilized personnel and equipment to aid residents seeing flash flooding.

Guardsmen will be dispatched to Iberia, Lafayette, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana parishes.

39 high-water vehicles and five boat teams are currently en route to the affected parishes to carry out search and rescue operations. More than 40 people have already been rescued in Tangipahoa and another 17 in St. Helena.

About 30,000 sandbags have been issued to Ascension Parish from Camp Villere.

More boat teams are on standby to conduct search and rescue operations elsewhere should they be required.

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