BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44). – Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Louisiana Wing have begun their third week of daily reconnaissance flights in support of various federal, state, and local agencies. These flights are part of a response to flooding caused by extreme high water levels in the Mississippi River and in the Atchafalaya River basin.
Louisiana Wing was activated on May 14, 2011, two days before the Morganza Spillway was opened. The organization’s assistance was requested by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). CAP’s Incident Commander, Lt. Col. Michael Marchand stated, “We are providing high quality, actionable intelligence in the form of high definition images to assist emergency managers.”
CAP personnel have already documented several sites that present a potential for pollution which will require additional investigation. The CAP photographs provide water level and damage assessment information to emergency services providers on the ground.
To date CAP has produced over 4,000 photographs. To accomplish this, its aircrews have flown over 140 flights totaling over 200 flying hours.
CAP operations are being managed from a mission base that is co-located with the Louisiana Wing Headquarters in Baton Rouge.