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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of Utah soldiers are now in New Orleans helping clean up the mess left behind from Hurricane Katrina.
About 375 Utah National Guard soldiers recently arrived in the storm-ravaged city to support cleanup and relief efforts. Officials say soldiers will pull debris during the day and bust looters at night.
The soldiers had been based near Lafayette, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans within the past few days. Military officials say now that they're in New Orleans, soldiers will devote their entire attention to keeping the peace in this relative ghost town.
Around 50 soldiers returned home last weekend after three weeks in southwestern Louisiana, where they helped in a variety of missions. Military officials say all Utah soldiers are expected to return to the state by the end of this month.
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