About 100 volunteers with the South Carolina Civil Air Patrol (CAP) are coordinating flights to help with the recovery after Hurricane Florence.
CAP flights include taking photos, checking flood levels, search and rescue, and assessing damage and infrastructure. Information they gather on their flights are provided to officials at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division Emergency Operations Center. The teams also assist on search and rescue calls.
“We will be taking photographs of fixed points in flooded areas so that the state can use those photographs to monitor the rising of the floodwaters and then the eventual receding of the floodwaters as they map flood damage throughout the state,” South Carolina Winge Commander Col. Lee Safley said.
Some aerial photos are taken for FEMA use. They are immediately uploaded to federal officials once the plane lands. [Read more…]