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Hoosiers Standing By To Help Gustav Victims

Last updated on Monday, September 1, 2008

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - Hurricane Gustav is causing havoc at both ends of the Mississippi River.

In New Orleans, Gustav is in the Crescent City as of 7:00am eastern time, and is expected to churn it's way through the gulf coast, mostly the Louisiana and Texas sections, through either late tomorrow or sometime Wednesday.

National news agencies have estimated evacuations have totaled about 90% of the gulf coast population from Beaumont, Texas to Pensacola, Florida.

And on the opposite end, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Republican Party is having to scramble to figure out what to do with their national convention as a result.

Today, it is expected that the GOP will hold minimal activities at the Excel Center, possibly ending as early as 5:00pm and just accomplishing back-room brass tacks material like setting the party platform. However, the rest of the week is expected to be a day-by-day thing.

Back in the south, Hoosiers are pitching in.

The Indianapolis Star reports more than 200 Hoosier responders are standing by in the gulf coast. Indiana Task Force One, an 84-man squad, has already help pull people from rubble in both Hurricane Katrina and in New York after the September 11th 2001 attacks.

Additionally, 119 Hoosiers are part of the 3,000 head Red Cross team also standing by.

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