Hurricane Florence draws in Oregon National Guard

A dozen guardsmen are traveling thousands of miles to the Carolinas to assist with rescue and recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence hits.

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 11:49 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. - Coast to coast, Oregon National Guardsmen are on the way to North and South Carolina, responding to Hurricane Florence. 

"Ready to move out in a moment's notice," said Sean Sullivan, Operations Group Commander for the 142nd Fighter Wing. He's one of a dozen Oregon Air National Guardsmen headed to the Carolinas. 

"This storm has the potential to go that route," Chief Master Sergeant for the 125th Special Tactics Squadron Andrew Canfield said, in comparing Hurricane Florence to Hurricane Katrina, "Massive flooding both from the storm surge and the rain coming down."

They expect to be in North and South Carolina up to several weeks, according to Canfield. They'll first assist in any rescues necessary and then, if needed, they'll coordinate planes coming in and out of any airfields that don't have air traffic control. 

They're bringing inflatable boats with them, ATVs, and specially-designed bikes to get through any kind of terrain they'll encounter after Hurricane Florence hits. 

"It's great to see that the state of Oregon can go in and help out other state's when necessary," Canfield said. 

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