Wisconsin National Guard deployment to Florida adjusted

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - The effort to cleanup and rebuild in Florida from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma will take many months and thousands of Wisconsin National Guard members were expected to be deployed to assist in those efforts.

But they have recently been told their help is not needed and Florida is reducing the number of response teams required to help Hurricane Irma victims.

Because of that Wisconsin National Guard troops traveling to Florida will now return to Wisconsin, while those who are waiting to depart will remain in the Badger state.

 Initially, a statewide call to action was issued to more than 2,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops after Gov. Scott Walker signed an executive order authorizing their assistance in Florida. The number of troops serving in Florida is now expected to be roughly 600.

“This is what they’re prepared for, what they train to do. I think they are generally motivated and ready to accomplish any task,” said Capt. Alexander Flhug of the Wisconsin National Guard.

The storm's overall impact was less than what was anticipated and experts say Florida is doing a good job of managing their resources.


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