La. National Guard completes Winter Storm Leon mission

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard's 1023rd Engineer Company haul salt intended for improving road conditions as the missions wind down during the end of Winter Storm Leon near Avery Island Jan. 30.

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard recently completed a three-day mission of assisting the Department of Transportation and Development during Winter Storm Leon and begin deactivating the approximately 450 guardsmen called up so that they can reset and be ready to respond to any future emergency operations.

Working day and night in communities impacted by the severe winter weather, National Guard teams had been coordinating with DOTD and executing their individual missions of road de-icing and road grading operations in the Hammond, Lafayette and New Orleans areas.

Over the course of the activation, Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen hauled more than 304 cubic yards of salt and 180 cubic yards of sand, while spreading more than 114,640 lbs of salt to improve roads and ensure safety while driving.

The LANG also assisted in clearing more than 632 miles of roadways and proofed an additional 128 miles to minimize potential hazards for drivers.