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National Guard: More than 3,400 rescued so far

The Louisiana National Guard has been instrumental in rescuing people threatened by high waters in south Louisiana.

The National Guard has released video taken on Sunday during rescue operations on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.

In the video, guardsman aid citizens with transportation from areas not accessible by normal cars or trucks.

“It’s been a busy 48 hours, the rivers continue to rise and we’re reacting to that, largely a search and rescue operation still at this point,” said Colonel Ed Bush.

 

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BATON ROUGE -The Louisiana National Guard began providing shelter support for the Baton Rouge River Center Sunday night.

According to a statement Monday, generic the national guard has 3,300 guardsmen assisting with emergency flood operations, evacuations, search and rescue, engineering missions, food distribution and security.

As of Monday afternoon, the Louisiana National Guard rescued 7,600 citizens and 1,200 pets. The guard says it has issued nearly 17,000 MRE’s, 213,690 bottles of water, 260 tarps and 714,000 sandbags.

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More than a decade after hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, the impoverished state finds itself in yet another natural emergency, once again as a result of historic floods, which have led to more than 7,000 people being rescued from their homes. The flooding has left at least three people dead, and a fourth person was reported missing in the floodwaters in St. Helena’s Parish, officials said.National Guard Helicopters To Drop Supplies To 1,500 Stranded Motorists As "Historic" Floods Cover Louisiana

The heavy rain began on Friday, with between 6 and 10 inches of rain falling on parts of southeast Louisiana. Several more inches fell Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. “The water’s going to rise in many areas. It’s no time to let the guard down.”

In a 24-hour period, Baton Rouge had as much as 11 inches, according to The Associated Press.

And while officials said on Sunday that the rain had subsided, dangers loomed. “It’s not over,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday cited by NBC, who previously declared a state of emergency and called the floods “unprecedented” and “historic.” Edwards said Sunday he didn’t know how many homes had been damaged in the state, but “it’s in the thousands,” he said.

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The Air Force veteran who has been trying to reconnect with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina has finally found her, here thanks to the power of social media, and he said.

This past March, Master Sgt. Michael Maroney started the social media campaign hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl in the hopes of reuniting with the three-year-old girl he rescued. She was was photographed smiling in pigtails and pink shirt hugging Maroney back in 2005.

The iconic New Orleans image has served as a symbol of hope after the devastation.

“When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders,” Maroney, 40, previously told ABC News. “Everything in the world just stopped, and I wasn’t in New Orleans or in the devastation, I was just being hugged by a beautiful little girl.”

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CAMP HANSEN, drugs OKINAWA, store Japan – A huge storm is approaching a country where several U.S. non-governmental organizations are providing much-needed services to the local populace. The locals can take shelter in their homes, medicine but the members of the NGO have nowhere to seek refuge from the storm. Who can they turn to for help?

Enter the United States Marines.

The Marines and sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted a simulated noncombatant evacuation operation Jan. 21 on Camp Hansen as part of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise II, a pre-deployment training exercise designed to prepare them for their upcoming spring deployment.

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Monday’s Medal of Honor ceremony highlighted the heroism of Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, but it also brought new attention to the valor displayed by a fellow SEAL who sacrificed his life in the same hostage rescue mission that earned Byers the Medal of Honor.

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