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A screenshot from the Louisiana National Guard flood response documentary, which shows a guardsmen aiding in an air rescue. 

As unprecedented flooding decimated much of Louisiana, the National Guard swept into action, rescuing well over 20,000 people.

In a mini-documentary, titled "The Thousand Year Flood," state officials including Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, military leaders, emergency agency personnel and Louisiana citizens detail what led up to the unprecedented flooding, and how the response was handled. 


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The National Guard and other agencies conducted boat and air rescues, and also use helicopters to aid with levee repair missions, detailed in the video. Thousands of residents were moved to safety.

Throughout the response, 3,885 soldiers and airmen were activated, completing 319 missions. In total 20,535 people were rescued (1,111 by air), along with 2,836 pets. 

Continue below for more photos and stories detailing August's flooding.