Two dozen Louisiana state troopers are on their way to New Jersey to help with the Hurricane Sandy response.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Sunday, he spent most of the LSU-Alabama game working on the details of the deployment.
“It’s a great deal,” he said. “It’s a great thing for Louisiana.”
At 3 a.m. Sunday, 25 troopers in 10 cars left for New Jersey. Edmonson said the troopers will help with security and public safety.
New Jersey State Police requested help through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which calls for other states to provide resources during a disaster.
For Louisiana, sending troopers to the Sandy-devastated area repays assistance that New Jersey provided after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
“When New Jersey’s Col. (Rick) Fuentes called me asking for help, it was the quickest and easiest decision I’ve made in this position,” Edmonson said. “Partnerships have been a pillar of our success in Louisiana and the value of those partnerships doesn’t stop at the state border.”
Sandy left more than a million New Jersey residents in the dark and killed at least 23. The hurricane devastated the Jersey shore, knocking down houses and flattening the landscape.