BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard has completed their 3-day mission of assisting DOTD during Winter Storm Leon, today, and will begin deactivating the approximately 450 Guardsmen called up so that they can reset and be ready to respond to any future emergency operations.
Working day and night in communities impacted by the severe winter weather, National Guard teams had been coordinating with DOTD and executing their individual missions of road de-icing and road grading operations in the Hammond, Lafayette and New Orleans areas.
Over the course of the activation, Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen hauled more than 304 cubic yards of salt and 180 cubic yards of sand, while spreading more than 114,640 lbs of salt to improve roads and ensure safety while driving. The LANG also assisted in clearing more than 632 miles of roadways and proofed an additional 128 miles to minimize potential hazards for drivers.
The LANG is in direct coordination with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), as well as other state and local agencies, to anticipate any possible emergency requirements and support that this or any emergency may generate.