La. Guardsmen continue 24-hour rescues, flood operations

By Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard, as directed by Governor John Bel Edwards, continues to assist local agencies in response to significant flooding throughout the state, working around the clock since March 9.

The LANG has approximately 688 Guardsmen responding to flood operations, to include evacuations, search and rescue by vehicle, boat and helicopter, distribution and supply of water, security and shelter support, and distribution of sandbags. Over the course of these operations, the LANG has utilized more than 160 high-water vehicles, 44 boats, and 3 helicopters.

The LANG has rescued more than 1,310 citizens, 125 pets and 16 livestock. The LANG has distributed more than 12,000 bottles of water, issued more than 324,000 sand bags with 8 sandbag-filling machines.

Louisiana’s Guardsmen are trained, ready and equipped to stand up at any moment to protect lives and property, maintain communications, and ensure the continuity of operations and government.

Louisiana National Guardsman Sgt. Malcom Beavers, of Monroe, La., petroleum specialist with Forward Support Company, 528th Engineer Battalion, delivers medical supplies to Spencer Barrett who has been using his boat to run supplies to families that live on the ridge above Castor Creek which has flooded the surrounded areas in Columbia, La., Mar. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Noshoba Davis)
Louisiana National Guardsman Sgt. Malcom Beavers, of Monroe, La., petroleum specialist with Forward Support Company, 528th Engineer Battalion, delivers medical supplies to Spencer Barrett who has been using his boat to run supplies to families that live on the ridge above Castor Creek which has flooded the surrounded areas in Columbia, La., Mar. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Noshoba Davis)
Sgt. Jason C. Carroll, electronic warfare specialist with the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, carries a young resident through flooded streets in Monroe, La, Mar. 10, 2016. The 528th used high-water vehicles, in cooperation with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, to navigate high waters to assist evacuating residents. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tarell J. Bilbo)
Sgt. Jason C. Carroll, electronic warfare specialist with the Louisiana National Guard’s 528th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, carries a young resident through flooded streets in Monroe, La, Mar. 10, 2016. The 528th used high-water vehicles, in cooperation with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, to navigate high waters to assist evacuating residents. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Tarell J. Bilbo)
Louisiana Army National Guardsmen of the 139th Regional Support Group assist residents at Golden Meadow subdivision evacuate their homes due to the massive flooding throughout the state in Bossier City, La, Mar. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing)
Louisiana Army National Guardsmen of the 139th Regional Support Group assist residents at Golden Meadow subdivision evacuate their homes due to the massive flooding throughout the state in Bossier City, La, Mar. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing)

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