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Louisiana Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members are assisting the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Army National Guard by providing high-resolution aerial photographs of the Morganza Spillway.

 CAP has been requested to provide still photography of the Interstate 10 basin area for any debris buildup and existing water levels to allow monitoring of rate of flooding for analysis. Other areas of interest will include assessment of damage to critical infrastructure, sighting of levee breaches, over toppings and sand boils. Any damage to water vessels will be reported. Of utmost importance is the requirement to protect life.

 CAP Incident Commander Lt. Col. Mickey Marchand said, “Our ground and aircrews are operating from the mission base at the Louisiana Regional Airport near Gonzales. They are dedicated to performing their duties in a safe and professional manner.”

The Louisiana Wing resources include 10 single engine Cessna aircraft and over 100 trained aircrew members including pilots, observers and scanners. Ground crews operate 12 vans for ground mission tasking.

 When functioning as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, CAP can provide support to any department or agency in any branch of the federal government.

 Louisiana Wing has over 500 members, assigned to 14 squadrons that are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Gonzales, Hammond, Jennings, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Patterson and Shreveport.  

 Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010.

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