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Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal helicopted into Franklin Parish Friday afternoon to personally visit with local officials and to thank members of the Louisiana National Guard 3673rd who where in the parish delivering food, water and ice to rural residents.
"The Guard is doing a wonderful job, " Mrs. Jindal said of the 15 men who'd arrived Thursday at South Central Baptist Church outside of Wisner.
Jindal was touring the state on Friday while her husband, Gov. Bobby Jindal was busy with Hurricane Gustav recovery efforts in south Louisiana. She returned to Franklin Parish on Monday and made a stop at White Ford-Lincoln Mercury auto dealership.
"This (the flooding) is a terrible result of the impace of the hurricane, " Mrs. Jindal said. "But the wonderful thing I've seen is how people are coming together, working together."
"Bobby and I want everyone to know we support them and are with them," she said.
Talking with Mrs. Jindal at the church were Wisner Police Chief Billy Cureington, Wisner Mayor Allyn Jean Luckett and Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons.
South Central pastor Bro. T.J. Boyd and his wife Sandra told Mrs. Jindal how important it was to have the National Guard in their community to help the people who were not able to get into town.
"Today they gave MREs (meals ready to eat), ice and water to 750 cars," Bro. Boyd said. "Some of our church members lost their homes."
The 15 Guard members were camping out in the church fellowship hall, their folding cots and gear along a far wall. They had spent Thursday night and were still there Monday.
"We'll stay until we get orders to go somewhere else, " said Warrent Officer John Bunting. "We'll be here as long as they need us."
Bunting and fellow guardsmen Sgt. 1st Class Keith Faust and Maj. Michael Luckett, were awaiting the okay to head into the flooded areas of Turkey Creek to bring supplies to residents stranded because of flooded.
"We're going to head out this afternoon in our vehicles to get food and water to the people flooded out at Turkey Creek," Bunting said.
After about 30 minutes the First Lady was ushed back onto the helicopter, which had landed behind the church next to the cemetery.