Coast Guard conducts overflight, port assessments along the Western Gulf Coast region affected by Hurricane Laura” –CGD8

Below is a news release from Eighth District.

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Multimedia Release

U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Office: 504-253-4857
After Hours: (618) 225-9008
Eighth District online newsroom

Coast Guard conducts overflight, port assessments along the Western Gulf Coast region affected by Hurricane Laura

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts an overflight along Hwy 82 between White Lake and Cameron, Louisiana, Aug. 27, 2020, where there was flooding caused by Hurricane Laura.

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Coast Guard Eighth District commander, conducts a post-storm overflight, along with other members of the district, aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane over Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura, August 27, 2020.  Coast Guard Station New Orleans’ shallow water response boat team walks a flooded road in Erath, Louisiana, during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, August 27, 2020.  Rear Adm. John Nadeau, Coast Guard Eighth District commander, conducts a post-storm overflight, along with other members of the district, aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane over Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura, August 27, 2020.  A rescue crew joined by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, prepare to conduct an overflight following Hurricane Laura near Orange, Texas, Aug. 27, 2020. Coast Guard Station New Orleans’ shallow water response boat team checks on a flooded residence in Erath, Louisiana, during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, August 27, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida conducts an overflight to survey post Hurricane Laura damage near Orange, Texas, Aug. 27, 2020.  

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard assesses damage along the Louisiana and Texas border Thursday after Hurricane Laura made landfall, which caused flooding and other damage.

The Coast Guard is working closely with all local and state emergency operation centers to manage Coast Guard storm operations.

“The Coast Guard will continue to provide search and rescue capabilities, assess the damage done by Hurricane Laura ensuring we can assist those in need of rescuing, as well as ensuring the ports along the Western Gulf Coast can be safely reopened for the flow of maritime commerce,” said Capt. Jason Smith, Unified Commander for the Houston-Galveston response area. “In the midst of this catastrophic event, the teamwork between all federal, state and local agencies has been amazing and the resilience is inspirational.”

The Coast Guard has deployed more than 3,000 servicemembers, 32 aircraft crews and nearly 40 boat crews to respond to flooded and damaged areas that were affected by Hurricane Laura along the Louisiana and Texas border.

Port conditions change based on weather forecasts, and current port conditions can be viewed on the following Coast Guard homeport webpages:

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