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Conditions improving for Missouri Guardsmen

September 7, 2005
By: Dustin Blanchard
State Capital Bureau

Living conditions remain harsh for nearly two-thousand Missouri National Guard troops helping relief efforts near New Orleans.

But Dustin Blanchard tells us that is quickly changing.

Conditions are starting to improve for Missouri guardsmen.

Air-conditioning is on generator power in a gym where some guardsmen are staying.

But some guardsmen are still sleeping in tents.

Crews are restoring power in town -- getting closer by the hour to where the Missourians are staying.

Another pipe-dream for the soldiers: running water.

The faucets only put out a trickle . . . many guardsmen haven't showered in five days.

They've been drinking bottled water and eating MRE's.

But the Red Cross is starting to provide hot food for the soldiers.

Embedded with the Missouri National Guard near New Orleans, I'm Dustin Blanchard.