Ohio sends National Guard to help Louisiana after Hurricane Ida

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday said the state would be sending the Ohio National Guard to Louisiana to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Ida's devastation.

Approximately 250 Ohio National Guard soldiers will be placed on active duty beginning next Wednesday, with deployment expected to last three weeks. 

The soldiers' mission will be to "provide general-purpose support during the relief mission," said the governor's office.

The guards will primarily be from the 112th Transportation Battalion of North Canton, the 1485th Transportation Company of Coshocton and the 1486th Transportation Company of Mansfield. 

The moves comes at the request of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. His state has been pummeled by Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the mainland U.S.

After hitting Louisiana on Sunday, the storm's effects have also been felt throughout the Northeast, causing deaths across multiple states.

Titus Wu is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.

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