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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he would deploy emergency resources to Louisiana to assist in Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.
Texas will send a Chinook helicopter, 14 crew members, 30 firefighters and 132 firefighters. The state has also sent the Texas A&M Task Force One to assist in urban search and rescue efforts.
“The State of Texas is proud to support our Louisiana neighbors by sending resources and emergency personnel to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,” Abbott said in a statement. “We will never forget the kindness, generosity, and support that the people of Louisiana offered during Hurricane Harvey four years ago, and we look forward to supporting them in their own time of need. When neighbors help the neighbors, America is stronger. Cecilia and I continue to pray for the people of Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida and for the first users who have responded to the call to protect and care for those affected by this storm. “
Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, but officials warned that storm floods will continue to affect parts of the state throughout the morning. Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards urged residents to take precautions and “stay where you are.” More than a million people in Louisiana and neighboring Mississippi are without electricity and New Orleans 911 services are experiencing “technical difficulties.”
In 2017, Louisiana sent members of its National Guard and other resources to Texas during Hurricane Harvey.
Abbott’s office said the Texas Department of Emergency Management will continue to oversee Louisiana’s requests for assistance and provide additional assistance when needed.
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