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More Louisiana help on the way to N.Y.

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - In response to a request for state assistance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced it's sending two members of its core emergency response team/ emergency response specialists to the state of New York this week.

Larry Gill, DOTD's Emergency Services Coordinator, and Tiffany Coffman, Emergency Operations Officer, will work under the direction of the State of New York to provide onsite support, expertise and guidance in transportation coordination efforts. Gill and Coffman will provide assistance Thursday, Nov. 22 and through December 7.

Louisiana DOTD's full-time emergency operations staff has first-hand experience in emergency response efforts, having refined and improved procedures based on lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Isaac. In an emergency situation, DOTD is responsible for the transportation of people and critical supplies, as well as public works and engineering functions such as contra-flow, debris management, damage assessment and emergency repairs to transportation infrastructure.

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