More than 6,000 Guard members supporting hurricane relief
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SOUTH LOUISIANA - Almost 5,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard are in south Louisiana assisting with relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
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NEW ORLEANS –  More than 5,200 National Guard members from multiple states are assisting with rescue and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida's destructive path through Louisiana, Mississippi and surrounding areas.

The hurricane made landfall in Louisiana Sunday as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, dumping rain throughout the region, causing widespread flooding, power outages and damage to property.

More than 4,800 Guard members from the Louisiana National Guard fanned out across south Louisiana to protect lives and property, maintain communications and ensure continuity of operations and government. In addition to 195 high-water vehicles and 73 rescue boats, the LANG has 34 helicopters supporting search and rescue, evacuation and reconnaissance missions as needed. By Tuesday, the Louisiana Guard said Guardsmen had rescued 359 people and 55 pets either by high-water vehicles, by boats or by air.

LOUISIANA - Members of the Louisiana National Guard coordinate Hurricane Ida response.
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SOUTH LOUISIANA - Members of the Louisiana National Guard rescue people from high water in south Louisiana caused by Hurricane Ida. As of Aug. 31, 2021, Guardsmen had rescued 359 people and 55 pets either by high-water vehicles, by boats or by air.
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Louisiana Guard members are working with local officials in three parishes and helping distribute meals ready to eat, water, tarps and ice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A total of 5,009 National Guard troops were in Louisiana Monday, according to Army Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon press officer. There were 150 Guard members in Mississippi, 100 in Texas and 40 in Alabama.

In Alabama, Soldiers of the 711th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Mobile monitored reports, satellites and cameras, prepped response teams and coordinated with Alabama Emergency Management Agency cells across the state.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. - Louisiana National Guard members in high-water vehicles and boats work with St. John the Baptist Parish officials to rescue people stranded in their homes in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
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MOBILE, Ala. - Cpt. Russell Parman of the Alabama National Guard's 711th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion adds dots to a map tracking road closures and incidents due to Hurricane Ida.
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More than 320 members of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 251st Military Police Company in Lexington and Savannah, 1172nd Transportation Company in Memphis and Waynesboro, and the 1176th Transportation Company in Dresden, Jacksboro and Smyrna departed Monday for Louisiana to assist with relief and recovery operations.

The Tennessee Guardsmen will help with security, provide high water vehicles to support rescue and recovery operations and to transport people out of the affected areas.

The Oklahoma National Guard was planning to deploy approximately 200 Guardsmen to Louisiana beginning Wednesday, but they have been authorized to send as many as 500 if conditions warrant. They will assist with route clearance, security, levee reinforcement and general support.

LOUISIANA - The Louisiana National Guard prepares to distribute supplies to victims of Hurricane Ida in south Louisiana. More than 5,000 members of the Louisiana Guard were assisting with relief efforts.
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SOUTH LOUISIANA - The Louisiana National Guard has rescued 359 people and 55 pets either by high-water vehicles, by boats or by air during the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in south Louisiana Aug. 29, 2021, as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds.
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MOBILE, Ala. - Alabama National Guard Soldiers with the 711th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Mobile have been hard at work through Hurricane Ida watching reports, satellites and cameras and coordinating relief efforts with the Alabama Emergency Response Agency.
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“This is what the National Guard is for,” said Col. Bob Walter, commander of the Oklahoma National Guard Joint Task Force. “Our organization is proud to help our neighbors in need, just as we did for both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey, and just as other states have done for us.”

The South Carolina National Guard was also preparing to assist Louisiana with personnel and equipment in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The types of missions the South Carolina National Guard would be expected to support include debris clearance and removal, transportation of supplies, security and logistical support.

“The South Carolina National Guard is experienced in responding to hurricanes, and we are prepared to help the citizens of Louisiana in support of the Louisiana National Guard,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina.

David Vergun with DOD News contributed to this story.

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