Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Louisiana sends help to Florida as Hurricane Ian makes landfall

by BIZ Magazine

By Julie O’Donoghue, Louisiana Illuminator 

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that Louisiana has sent National Guard units to Florida to help with Hurricane Ian, which hit Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday at almost Category 5 strength.

“I have spoken with Governor DeSantis and instructed our state agencies to offer resources, personnel and expertise to Florida officials,” Edwards said in a prepared statement. “My senior staff will remain in regular contact with their counterparts in Florida.”

The help includes 245 Louisiana guardsmen, two Blackhawk helicopters and trucks. They will provide engineering assistance and help moving supplies in damaged areas, among other services. 

Edwards said Louisiana is prepared to send more assistance to Florida to help recovery efforts once the storm has passed.

The governor will be in London through Monday on an economic development mission that coincides with a New Orleans Saints game being played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. His office said he will be updated regularly on Louisiana’s assistance to Florida through the weekend.

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