Nebraska Task Force 1 helps evacuate more than 100 people stranded in Louisiana

Nebraska Task Force 1 has teamed with a Texas task force to rescue more than 100 people stranded due to Hurricane Ida.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska Task Force 1 has teamed with a Texas task force to rescue more than 100 people stranded due to Hurricane Ida.

LFR Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet says mobility has been one of the biggest complicating factors in the mission.

“They’ve had to cut trees with a chainsaw, just to make a path down through a roadway,” Travenet said. “It’s definitely hard for them to move around with power lines down, trees down, water over roads, and so it’s taking a bit of a delay to get into some of these areas that they’re trying to go to.”

Further complicating matters is the fact that there is no electricity, making it tough for victims to reach out for help.

“There’s no cell service for folks to call 911. The 911 systems are down,” Thavenet said.

Fortunately, Task Force 1 members are equipped with satellite communication devices and are able to communicate with one another.

Thavenet says the biggest worry he has for people who are stranded due to the hurricane is them being stuck in humid Louisiana without electricity or access to medical care.

“I don’t believe they found anybody that i’ve been notified that is in dire straits,” Thavenet said. “People down south obviously are prepared for these type of events and so it’s just that they have a medical issue or are unable to get out.”

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