U.S. Troops on Alert as Hurricane Laura Threatens Texas, Louisiana
More than 3,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard have been mobilized and another 3,000 soldiers and airmen are poised to respond, according to Col. Thomas Friloux, director of the Joint Staff of the Louisiana National Guard.
The units have staged 222 high water vehicles, as well as 65 boats and 19 Army National Guard aircraft along the Louisiana coast and as far north as Shreveport, where the storm is expected to travel, Friloux said.
In Texas, more than 1,000 service members have been activated with more than 20 aircraft — UH-60 Blackhawks, CH-47 Chinooks and C-130 Hercules — on standby. The Texas National Guard has mobilized 117 high profile vehicles as well.