95 Illinois National Guard Soldiers in Vermont

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- About 95 members of the Illinois National Guard are helping in Vermont in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that he has ordered the helicopters and troops to active duty. They are flying in and out of Burlington, Vt., from a base in Rome, N.Y. Troops are being dispatched to deliver food, water and medicine in towns isolated by flooding.

Six Blackhawk helicopters and two Chinook helicopters along with pilots, crew and other vehicles and support staff are involved in the mission. They come from Illinois National Guard facilities in Chicago, Decatur and Peoria.

State officials say Illinois will be reimbursed for expenses by New York and Vermont.

Quinn says Illinoisans "are thankful to be able to lend a helping hand during this time of need."


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