Rescue efforts underway as Florence flooding continues

Elizabeth Howe
September 14, 2018 - 4:58 pm

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville


Florence has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, but this doesn't mean the coast is clear — in fact, the coast is very much not clear. While there's a much lower risk of wind-related damage, flooding is still a major concern —but every branch of the military has stepped up for rescue and relief efforts. 

The Pentagon assigned 13,470 service members and 1,286 military assets for Florence rescue and relief including 5,400 active-duty personnel, 7,857 National Guard troops, and 1,154 additional high-water vehicles and 100 rotary-wing aircraft.  

Rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing, and ConnectingVets will stay on top of it all, making sure to bring you the best acts of heroism and help.

And, of course, the National Guard didn’t stop their rescue efforts at humans.

As flood continues, units from across the nation have been activated to do their part. The Marine Corps and Coast Guard have rescued dozens in amphibious vehicles and aircrews. An additional 20 Air Force helicopters are on standby on Davis Monthan, Moody, and Patrick Henry Air Force Bases and the Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston have been providing vehicles to aid in flood prevention and provide relief supplies. The Navy's USS Kearsarge and USS Arlington are also standing ready to respond along with their cargo of 800 Marines and vehicles.

Beyond those currently activiated, countless additional personnel and vehicles are positioned on standby to assist  — even from as far as California:

Storm surge flooding causes more casualties than any other aspect of the storm and Florence's downgrade to a tropical depression does not mean the threat has passed. Flooding is expected to continue through to the middle of the week. Stay updated and stay safe!

Jake Hughes also contributed to this report.

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