Louisiana Guardsmen complete levee project, air lift pumps
By Staff Sgt. Denis Ricou, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard has completed construction on the temporary-wall project, helping parish officials protect a community near the Clyde Fant Pkwy. and Jimmy Davis Hwy. in Shreveport, Louisiana, while combatting flood waters from the Red River.
Engineer teams constructed an 800 linear foot HESCO barrier, consisting of two rows on the bottom and one row on the top totaling 2,400 linear feet, to fortify a concrete wall.
Additionally, Louisiana Guardsmen hauled two 5,700-pound pumps with a Black Hawk helicopter to the Caddo Parish Lift Station in Shreveport, Louisiana, to aid in the flood-fighting response. The station services an estimated 20,000 citizens in the local community.
Since June 3, Louisiana Guardsmen, as directed by Governor Bobby Jindal, have been hauling assets, assisting construction efforts, and positioning teams to potentially affected areas.
Louisiana’s Guardsmen remain ready and equipped to stand up at any moment to protect lives and property, maintain communications, and ensure the continuity of operations and government.