In response to last August's floods in Louisiana, more than 3,820 Soldiers and Airmen of the Louisiana National Guard have assisted with emergency flood operations and rescued more than 19,040 citizens and 2,660 pets. They have distributed more than 78,000 meals, 460 tarps, 439,000 bottles of water, 961,000 sandbags and provided more than 2,200 cots and 1,700 blankets for shelter support.
"It brings me back to when Hurricane Katrina passed in 2005, and I saw the National Guard around all the neighborhoods. That's what persuaded me to join," said Sgt. Bryan Campo of the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company out of Marrero, Louisiana.
At one point, troops of Campo's unit were spread among three cities: Livingston, Ponchatoula and Independence. Using their powerful bridge erection boats, they navigated floodwaters too deep for high-water vehicles and currents too strong for other boats.
Capt. Dan Gaskins, executive officer of the 773rd MP Battalion, said,...