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Jan 28, 2014 11:39 PM by Steven Albritton

National Guard and DOTD Working Through the Night To De-Ice Roads

As most of us, hopefully get a good nights sleep, warm in our beds, some will be working throughout the night. Outside in the freezing cold, they'll be trying to keep major roadways open. With each scoop of the shovel, Louisiana National Guard and DOTD are working together to keep roadways safe while fighting the bitter cold well into the night.

"Some of our sister units up in the north have had to deal with this, but this far south is very different for us," Executive Officer of the 2nd Battalion 156th Infantry Major Jim Williams said.

By hand these guard members have spread more than 15,000 pounds of salt, mainly focusing on bridges. As these soldiers help civilians, they are leaving their own lives behind at the same time. Specialist Joseph Davey has only managed a few hours of sleep after working more than 10 hours Monday and then almost immediately being called in.

"We do this because we enjoy doing this. We enjoy helping the public. If we don't do it nobody's going to do it," Specialist Joseph Davey said.

They're usually deployed for assistance with a tropical disturbance, but this blast of winter weather is a whole new ball game.

"It's interesting actually, just to see how the general population down here responds to icy weather. It's interesting that's all I can say about it," Spc. Davey said.

Although cold, it isn't stopping them from completing their mission one scoop at a time.

"If you don't have to be on the road. I know Rob (Perillo) has said it before, if you don't have to be on the road stay home," Major Williams said.

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