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Air patrol helps Cameron Parish locate caskets displaced by storm

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 15:43:48-04

The Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol says that they have been tasked with helping Cameron Parish officials find caskets displaced during flooding caused by Hurricane Laura.

Crews set out Monday, September 7, to help the coroner find caskets washed out of their above ground vaults by Laura’s storm surge.

Aircrews took photographs of damage at 26 cemeteries and then turned the images over to parish officials.

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Volunteers working under the parish coroner's office are expected to use airboats and marsh buggies to retrieve any caskets that have been displaced.

“Although a little unusual, this mission is just the sort of thing we’re ready to take on,” said Lt. Col. Mickey Marchand, the wing’s Hurricane Laura incident commander.

Along with assisting the Cameron Parish coroner's office, the wing says they have been providing aerial images of the hurricane’s impact for FEMA and local officials since August 30.

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