NY National Guard departs Rochester, heads south for hurricane recovery

NY National Guard departs Rochester, heads south for hurricane recovery Photo: Tim Hansen.

September 16, 2018 11:36 PM

The NY National Guard deployed ten soldiers and two Blackhawk Medivac helicopters Sunday to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. 

The helicopters departed from the Rochester airport at 9:30 a.m Sunday and will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

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Crews will remain in North Carolina for the next two weeks. Two Chinook helicopters are also being prepared for support operations in South Carolina with an anticipated departure, possibly as soon as Monday of this week.

"New Yorkers have experienced destruction at the hands of extreme weather, and we will not allow those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence to weather this storm alone" Governor Cuomo said. "New York is committed to helping our neighbors recover as quickly as possible, just as we have helped our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida after last year's devastating storms."

The Department of Defense said in a statement that over 13,000 military personnel have been assigned to support hurricane relief efforts.


Tim Hansen

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