With Tropical Storm Cindy moving inland, the Louisiana National Guard wants residents to know they are ready if assistance is needed. Major General Glenn Curtis with the Louisiana National Guard says they have pre-staged 100 high water vehicles and 33 boats throughout the southern and central regions of the state. He says they have additional assets available if needed.
“We probably have at least 200 more high water vehicles and about 50 more boats we could put into missions if and when they are needed. We currently have 4 helicopters on standby.”
20 parishes had declared a state of emergency as of Tuesday and it’s expected more will follow. Curtis says they are working closely with parish governments.
“I will tell you that we have talked to all of the parishes that are potentially affected and making sure that we understand what the local leadership may need us to do if and when the time comes.”
Curtis says the National Guard has staged vehicles all along with I-10 and I-12 corridors beginning in the Lake Charles area.
“We just wanted some forward so when the immediate request comes we can move quickly to save lives and get them out of harm’s way.”