Hundreds of Wisconsin National Guard troops have been called off from traveling to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.
More than 2,500 troops were being mobilized this week, but Florida officials asked Tuesday that Wisconsin’s response be scaled back because the hurricane’s impact was not as bad as expected.
About 650 Wisconsin troops who had already arrived in Florida will stay.
“Many are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Irma, but it is good news that the storm’s overall impact was less severe than anticipated,” Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, said in a statement.
Among those staying in the Badger State is the 35-member Urban Search and Rescue Task Force that was headed to Jacksonville.
The task force was to bring specialized equipment and supplies for water rescues during its 10-day deployment.
National Guard troops first left by plane and vehicle for Florida on Sunday and continued Monday. But fewer outside resources were requested as the hurricane weakened.
“Wisconsin’s response to Hurricane Irma is an incredible demonstration of the National Guard’s readiness to respond on a massive scale on short notice,” Dunbar said.