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Louisiana National Guard Calls Up More Military Personnel to Fight Floods

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The Louisiana National Guard has boosted measures to combat the disastrous floods by brining additional military forces to the affected area," the state adjutant general Glenn Curtis said in a news release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The National Guard continues to provide the necessary resources to the local, parish and state emergency officials, including high-water vehicles for search and rescue, bridge-erection boats and helicopters to combat the flood waters and protect communities.

"We currently have 1,700 people mobilized. Those numbers will build up toward 2,000 and possibly as high as 2,500 as requests come in," Curtis stated on Monday. "We can also bring on military police and give police officers a chance to rest and check on their homes."

Floodwaters are seen on Range Road and I-12 in Denham Springs, Livingston Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 13, 2016 - Sputnik International
US Coast Guard Closes Louisiana Waterway Due to Severe Floods

The news release noted that Louisiana citizens are receiving water and packaged meals supplies.

Last week, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared state of emergency effective until September 10. The significant flooding expanded over the weekend and prompted the US Coast Guard to close Bayou Sorrel Waterway near Port Allen earlier on Monday.

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