LI ready to help as Gustav makes landfall in Louisiana

Millions of people evacuated the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Gustav?s landfall Monday. In the meantime, many on Long Island began pooling resources for those who stayed behind and those who will need

News 12 Staff

Sep 2, 2008, 2:50 PM

Updated 5,802 days ago

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Millions of people evacuated the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Gustav?s landfall Monday. In the meantime, many on Long Island began pooling resources for those who stayed behind and those who will need help when they return home.
Gustav made landfall Monday afternoon as a Category 2 storm, pounding the Gulf States with rain and harsh winds. Officials say they expect the levees that burst during Hurricane Katrina to hold this time. However, the threat of flooding still exists.
On Long Island, the Red Cross set up a storm shelter at Nassau Community College in Garden City. The shelter will be at the college's physical education building.Frank Cassano, the CEO of Nassau County's Red Cross, says the shelter will be able to accommodate 4,600 people. He says they have enough supplies currently to last for at least five days. Red Cross officials from Long Island are also helping to evacuate residents in Mississippi.
Gov. David Paterson ordered two C130 aircraft that are part of the Air National Guard?s 106th Rescue Wing to Louisiana. The support is ?trained and equipped to handle virtually any contingency,? according to Col. Kevin Reilly.
The planes will join two helicopters already sent from Long Island over the weekend. The 106 is sending the same number of personnel and equipment down to Louisiana as it did for Hurricane Katrina, though New Orleans is seeing less damage from Gustav.
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