Kansas Guard Members Head South to Help in Hurricane Relief

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas National Guard have started their trek south to help Gulf Coast states recover from Hurricane Gustav.

The Guard said Tuesday morning that as cleanup begins from Gustav, five Kansas emergency management staff members will leave Mississippi for Georgia or the Carolinas as Hurricane Hanna approaches.

The first of two waves of Kansas National Guard units left Tuesday and the rest are expected to depart Wednesday. In all, some 600
Kansas Guard members were mobilized to help restore communications
and direct relief efforts.

The units are going to areas similar to where they deployed in 2005 following Katrina.

National Guard spokeswoman Sharon Watson said the mission was proceeding even though the damage from Gustav wasn't as severe as
had been expected.