HomeNewsArticle Display

Louisiana guardsmen rescue thousands in floods

Soldiers help a flood victim from a rescue boat in Ponchatoula, La., March 13, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to the Louisiana National Guard’s 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 205th Engineer Battalion. Louisiana National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Rebekah Malone

Soldiers help a man out of the bridge erection boat they used to check on residents who could not get out of their homes, in Ponchatoula, La., March 13, 2016. The Soldiers are assigned to the Louisiana National Guard’s 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 205th Engineer Battalion. The current of the river, which had overcome its banks and flooded the road, was too strong for regular boat motors to battle. (Louisiana National Guard photo/1st Lt. Rebekah Malone)

An Airman throws a sandbag to his partner during the construction of protective flood barriers over the Red Chute Bayou levee in Bossier City, La., March 10, 2016. The Airmen are assigned to the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer Da Cunha)

An Airman throws a sandbag to his partner during the construction of protective flood barriers over the Red Chute Bayou levee in Bossier City, La., March 10, 2016. The Airmen are assigned to the 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron. (Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mozer Da Cunha)

Sgt. Jason C. Carroll, an electronic warfare specialist with the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, carries a young resident through flooded streets in Monroe, La., March 10, 2016. The 528th EN BN used light medium tactical vehicles in cooperation with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office to navigate through high waters in order to assist the residents who wished to leave. (U.S. Army National Guard photo/Spc. Tarell J. Bilbo)

Sgt. Jason C. Carroll, an electronic warfare specialist with the Louisiana National Guard's 528th Engineer Battalion, 225th Engineer Brigade, carries a young resident through flooded streets in Monroe, La., March 10, 2016. The 528th EN BN used light medium tactical vehicles in cooperation with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office to navigate through high waters in order to assist the residents who wished to leave. (U.S. Army National Guard photo/Spc. Tarell J. Bilbo)

Louisiana Army National Guardsmen 2nd Lt. William Hall and Cpl. Kurt Humpreys, of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, conduct door-to-door searches in Pecan Estates in Bossier City, La., March 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing)

Louisiana Army National Guardsmen 2nd Lt. William Hall and Cpl. Kurt Humpreys, of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, conduct door-to-door searches in Pecan Estates in Bossier City, La., March 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Louisiana National Guardsmen have rescued more than 4,000 people in the floods that have inundated the state over the past week, a state Guard spokesman said.

About 1,200 Louisiana Army and Air National Guard members have been mobilized and are working with local partners to support the mission, said Air Force Col. Pete Schneider, the state public affairs officer for the Louisiana National Guard.

Schneider, who spoke March 14 in a phone interview from New Orleans, said floodwaters following heavy rains have inundated neighborhoods, washed over roads and trapped residents. Soldiers and Airmen are searching neighborhoods and going door to door to rescue people, he said.

Working in their own neighborhoods

"A lot of these guardsmen are doing lifesaving in their own neighborhoods, so they're serving in the communities where they live," he said. "We are in every part of the state. We're actually in 33 parishes in the state."

The guardsmen, who have been working around the clock since last week, are performing search and rescue operations using almost every piece of equipment they have, including boats, trucks, Humvees and helicopters, the colonel said.

Boat crews and aircrews have rescued people stranded around dangerous, quickly moving floodwaters, he added.

At last tally, Schneider said, Louisiana guardsmen had rescued 4,255 people and 354 pets and had issued nearly 72,000 bottles of water, more than 1 million sandbags, 700 cots, and hundreds of packaged meals.

After the waters recede, Schneider said, the National Guard will support recovery efforts, a mission that could last for months.

In addition to fighting the nation's wars, guardsmen are proud to serve and protect their state and communities, the colonel said. "They're able to make an immediate difference by saving lives (and) protecting property," he said. "If you ask them, this is why they joined."

Pentagon kudos

At the Pentagon on March 14, a Defense Department spokesman commended the efforts of the men and women of the Louisiana National Guard.

"This is just another example of the outstanding efforts of our National Guard to help the people of their state in their greatest time of need," Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said.

President Barack Obama has declared that a major disaster exists in Louisiana, and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

Engage

Twitter
Tactical Air Control Party Airmen assigned to @INGuardsman participate in close air support training. TACPs provide… https://t.co/BcyiAmfFmV
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: The @140Wg became the first ANG unit to successfully execute an agile combat employment exercise while at @Buckley_AFB. T…
Twitter
“I’m a dental tech who became Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force...be dreamers – dream big.” - @CSMAF_Officialhttps://t.co/AKSjyQNq4s
Twitter
A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing flies during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess… https://t.co/t3VXu0ZYWj
Twitter
Pentagon staff applaud @cmsaf_official as he exits the Pentagon for the last time as Chief Master Sgt. of the Air… https://t.co/c9RXsc3lAO
Twitter
Join us for the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force transition ceremony LIVE from @Andrews_JBA on Aug 14 at 9:30AM E… https://t.co/GfPIHkx0zn
Twitter
An @EdwardsAFB B-52H Stratofortress completed a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Respon… https://t.co/HxxgE2In8C
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Just arrived to @NellisAFB to see RED FLAG, the #USAF Weapons School, and more. Because it has the best #Airmen and trai…
Twitter
“It’s no overstatement to say that brilliant ideas combined with trailblazing Airmen makes today’s Air Force the mo… https://t.co/qsDWN2Den5
Twitter
An F-22 Raptor aircraft assigned to the 3rd Wing approaches for landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during R… https://t.co/EMKHnjC6p0
Twitter
A C-130H from the 302nd Airlift Wing, equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, flies over fires near… https://t.co/9BPVXNFual
Twitter
Roam Robotics developed a lightweight & inexpensive knee exoskeleton for applications in the health, military & rec… https://t.co/7klpyEaYG1
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: |RESOLUTE PARTNERSHIPS| On Aug. 6, 2020, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and @AirMobilityCmd units were called to action to p…
Twitter
A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord flies over the Seattle skyline after completing a training exe… https://t.co/4IodNs1bId
Twitter
#DYK The T-33A Shooting Star at Moody AFB's air park was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening… https://t.co/XXY3pAHDzu
Twitter
A C-17 Globemaster III returns to @TeamCharleston after evacuating to Ellsworth AFB. Ellsworth has a support agree… https://t.co/vtHhp1ETVC
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: #OTD in 1949, the DOD was formed, unifying the military under the secretary of defense. Our thanks to everyone who serve…
Twitter
Starting off the week with some air power! . An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing takes off from Joint Base Elme… https://t.co/cjvCe6fSOk
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: “We need out-of-the-box thinkers to succeed in our mission of developing the base of the future,” said Brig. Gen. Patrice Mel…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,266,297
Follow Us