Local firefighters travel to aid against Hurricane Ida in Louisiana
CALCUTTA, Ohio (WKBN) – Three Calcutta firefighters were en route to Louisiana to assist with search and rescue operations in destroying Hurricane Ida.
On Tuesday they were on their way to Houma, Louisiana.
One of them, Randy Schneider, says their drive took nearly 20 hours due to the power outages and lack of gas along the way.
They saw trees falling and building damage along the way, and Schneider says the biggest problem so far has been the lack of electricity.
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“As soon as we got here, we got out to help with the traffic control, because all the traffic lights are down here and there are no emergency services. They all carry out search and rescue operations, and that is our goal, ”said Schneider.
Now that they are in Houma, they plan to go door-to-door with the United Cajun Navy, cutting trees and clearing roads.
Schneider says they’ll be there for a couple of days.
When asked if there was a way to help the people here at home, he said that any donation to the Calcutta Fire Department would help them with food and their stay.