Ill. National Guard help Vermont residents after Irene

September 6, 2011 7:45:34 PM PDT
Members of the Illinois National Guard are back home after a week of providing flood relief to residents in Vermont.

Ninety-five guardsmen traveled more than 850 miles in two days to provide relief to victims stranded by the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. The guard delivered food, water, and other supplies by air and land to residents.

"It was like tiring work, but our main job there was to support the people and ensure that they had all the goods that they needed," said Specialist Angelo Losoya, Ill. National Guard.

"They still have a lot of work in front of them, you know, we provided what we could in terms of our support and hopefully FEMA and the rest of the operations that were still -that are there-and were there can continue that support," said Warrant Officer Kurt Hannemann, Ill. National Guard.

The guardsman came from companies in Chicago, Decatur and Peoria.

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