Selfless, Experienced Veterans Respond to Gulf Coast Flooding

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Torrential flooding along the Gulf Coast has cost untold damages, forced more than 10,000 out of their homes, and led to the deaths of six so far.

Hardest hit is the state of Louisiana, where hundreds of roads have been closed or submerged, and 1,400 bridges must be inspected before they are reopened to traffic.

But there is hope. Among the stories of homes and loved ones being washed away or swallowed by rising waters are just as many of courageous military veterans taking the initiative to provide support for those in desperate need. With all of their training, veterans are uniquely prepared to handle emergency situations, and the flooding in Louisiana and other Gulf states is cause for emergency.

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Initially, in Baton Rouge, more than 100 state Air National Guardsmen, some local residents of the area, were activated by Governor John Bel Edwards to provide support for those forced from their homes. Today, there are more than 2,000 personnel mobilized and equipped for rescue and relief missions with around 200 high-water vehicles. Authorities are making the most of their resources, too. THV11 reports that a movie studio’s buildings have been designated as a shelter, where around 3,000 are waiting for conditions to improve.

“I’d never thought I’d be going through something like this again,” said Airman First Class Jeremy Creer, a resident of New Orleans and a member of the 159th CES Civil Air Squadron. “2005, in Katrina, I was the one experiencing this. Now I’m the one helping aid get to those in need, being a part of the Air National Guard.”

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Next, hear from shelter manager Ryan LeMaire.


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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and world traveler with a background in journalism, graphic design, and French pastry. He likes to learn new things whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, folk music and coffee.