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Marines Assist In Flood Relief Efforts

Last updated on Tuesday, June 10, 2008

(ATTERBURY) - About 400 Marines who came to Camp Atterbury to train for potential emergencies are getting more than they initially bargained for.

First Lt. Timothy Patrick of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit says training quickly turned to real relief efforts.

The group from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina helped FEMA assess flood damage in Martinsville before using helicopters to bring Columbus Regional Hospital patients to safety. About 120 Marines also helped repair the Elnora levee.

Although many of the Marines haven't slept in 48 hours, Patrick says they are grateful for the first-hand experience. He says they will continue to work with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to assist relief efforts throughout the state.

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