Governor DeWine activated Ohio National Guard after Ida

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Friday that he was sending 250 members of the state’s National Guard to Louisiana to assist in recovery efforts after Hurricane Ida.

Ida hit Louisiana on Sunday as a major Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The Associated Press reported that more than 1 million Louisiana residents were without power on Friday. The AP said electricity is expected to be restored in New Orleans by the middle of next week.

DeWine said the 250 members of the National Guard are activated primarily from the 112th Transportation Battalion (Northern Canton), the 1485th Transportation Company (Coshocton) and the 1486th Transportation Company (Mansfield). DeWine said her stay is expected to be up to three weeks.

Their deployment will begin on September 8th and members will be assigned general support during the relief mission.

In the meantime, Ohio Task Force 1 in Louisiana has been doing the search and assessment. On Wednesday, the group of search and rescue workers moved from Kenner, LA, to the Baton Rouge area. Ohio Task Force 1 arrived in Louisiana on August 28th.

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