WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — LANG has assisted local and federal agencies with providing additional emergency equipment such as nine helicopters, 11 bridge erection boats, and 236 high-water vehicles.
“3,650 Guardsmen involved in flood response operations. [To the date], 11,085 citizens and 1,400 pets rescued,” the statement said.
Earlier on Tuesday, American Red Cross workers have joined state officials in efforts to provide shelters and meals for Louisiana’s residents. The organization announced that they have mobilized over 1,000 people from all 50 states.
Since the severe flooding in Louisiana started last Friday, eight people were killed and more than 40,000 homes were damaged. A state of emergency declared by Governor Edwards is effective until September 10.