More than 1,600 trucks join relief effort

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The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has secured more than 1,600 trucks to deliver more than 3,700 truckloads of goods to Hurricane Katrina victims, including food, meals ready to eat, water, tarps, 19 million pounds of ice and 215,000 blankets.

“Volunteers are coming from everywhere,” American Trucking Associations spokesman Mike Russell said Monday, Sept. 5. Fleets such as KLLM, Total Transportation and UPS are mobilizing relief efforts in Mississippi, Russell said.

Oil trucks will load fuel directly from oil pipelines in Collins, Miss., for delivery to relief personnel along the coast, the DOT announced.