Over 5,000 La. National Guardsmen continue recovery efforts in Ida’s aftermath

Louisiana News

Courtesy LANG

NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) – A total of 5,220 Louisiana National Guardsmen continue focusing on recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

Recovery efforts have involved clearing roadways, distributing supplies, and working with law enforcement in affected parishes.

The National Guard said storm damage assessment has included 5,280 miles of road and cleared debris from over 2,930 miles of road within 20 parishes. Guardsmen have also cleared 13,324 cubic yards of storm debris at 90 municipal buildings.

Storm recovery efforts have been led by the 225th Engineer Brigade, according to LANG.

“When a storm has passed, we immediately need to get on the ground, assess, and clear the routes in order to allow access for emergency responders as well as any power companies to start working,” said Col. Greg St. Romain, commander of the 225th. “We’re very dynamic; we’ve become versatile, and we are adaptable to any mission that comes our way. I can’t be more proud of the soldiers within the Task Force Castle arena and how they’re operating. They continue to accomplish any mission and any task that comes their way.”

Guardsmen have distributed 5,132,333 meals, 227,972 tarps, 6,273,686 liters of water, 936,151 bags of ice and 224,000 sandbags to residents recovering from Ida.

Storm rescues have included 397 individuals and 65 pets, according to LANG.

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