Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Friday that he is sending 250 members of the state’s National Guard to Louisiana to assist in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida.
Ida struck Louisiana on Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The Associated Press reported that more than 1 million Louisiana residents remain without electricity as of Friday. The AP said that power is expected to be restored to New Orleans by the middle of next week.
DeWine said that the 250 members of the National Guard will primarily be activated from the 112th Transportation Battalion (North Canton), the 1485th Transportation Company (Coshocton) and the 1486th Transportation Company (Mansfield). DeWine said their stay is expected to last up to three weeks.
Their deployment begins Sept. 8 and members will be tasked with general-purpose support during the relief mission.
Meanwhile, Ohio Task Force 1 has been working search and assessment in Louisiana. As of Wednesday, the group of search and rescuers relocated from Kenner, La. to the Baton Rouge area. Ohio Task Force 1 arrived in Louisiana on Aug. 28.