BATON ROUGE, La. -- Nearly 4,000 Louisiana National Guardsmen are engaged in emergency response efforts due to heavy flash flooding in 12 parishes.Since rescue operations began on Friday, Aug. 12, the Louisiana National Guard has rescued more than 19,000 citizens and 2,600 pets. Guardsmen have distributed more than 76,000 meals, 389,000 bottled waters, 460 tarps and 960,000 sandbags.The Louisiana National Guard is assisting and conducting evacuations, security patrols, and engineering missions. Guardsmen have provided shelter support to people affected by the flooding with more than 2,200 cots and 1,700 blankets."With the changing conditions, we are continuously adapting to the needs on the ground," said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard."We continue to work closely with our state partner agencies making the most of opportunities to leverage resources and manpower to keep Louisiana citizens safe and maintain order."Over the course of these operations, Louisiana Guardsmen have supported local, state, and federal agencies with more than 230 high-water vehicles, 50 boats, 11 Bridge Erection Boats, and nine helicopters.The Louisiana National Guard has liaison officer teams stationed in eight parishes to assist with operations as needed: Ascension, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Vermillion, St. James and St. John.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.