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More than 4,000 national guard troops mobilized in Louisiana for tropical storm Isaac

(Xinhua)

09:03, August 28, 2012

HOUSTON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. state of Louisiana has mobilized 4,126 national guard troops to deal with Tropical Storm Isaac, which is reportedly to strike the southeastern part of the state late Tuesday or early Wednesday, Governor Bobby Jindal said on Monday.

According to the reports on the website of NOLA.COM on Monday, the state national guard troops are mobilizing supplies and equipment, and 16 liaison teams are embedding with parish. More than one third of the Louisiana national guard will be mobilized.

The state national guard has 921 "security vehicles" available, along with 503 high-water vehicles, 74 boats and helicopters, the governor said.

A national guard spokesman confirmed that guardsmen around the state are reporting to their units on Monday, and many troops await missions that will depend in part on where Tropical Storm Isaac goes.

The troops with missions are assisting with evacuation shelters, including one in Alexandria where troops set up 2,500 cots. Another 300 soldiers will work as bus drivers in Metairie, supporting the state departments of transportation and education, the spokesman said.

Later Sunday, the governor declared a state of emergency in the state, and suggested voluntary evacuations for residents living outside hurricane levees in 15 parishes in southeastern Louisiana.

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