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Gov Says Devastation From Hurricane Katrina Challenges Limits Of Despair

Sacramento, CA — Saying Hurricane Katrina has “challenged the limits of despair,” Governor Schwarzenegger is urging Californians to help in any way they can.

Speaking yesterday in Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger announced that more than 500 California National Guard troops will be heading to the Gulf states through today, adding to the more than 900 California search-and-rescue and medical workers already there.

Most troops heading to the Gulf states will provide security as the devastated areas struggle with looting and civil unrest. The state also is sending specialists in search-and-rescue, communications, airlifting cargo and humanitarian aid.

California also sent more than 900 emergency workers, including 8 swift-water rescue teams, eight urban search-and-rescue teams and more than 100 civilian doctors, nurses and paramedics.