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Local Civil Air Patrol squadron assists in flood recovery response

Civil Air Patrol cadets await their flight on the Maryland CAP Wing GA-8 Airvan, Oct. 8, 2015.
Civil Air Patrol cadets await their flight on the Maryland CAP Wing GA-8 Airvan, Oct. 8, 2015. Submitted photo

More than 20 members of the Civil Air Patrol's Low Country Composite Squadron were part of a large effort to photograph and survey widespread flooding in Souh Carolina last week, according to a news release.

On Oct. 5, senior members of the Low Country Composite Squadron began flying aerial photography missions to assist FEMA in assessing damage caused by the flooding, a day after being put on alert with heavy rain falling in Columbia and Charleston, the release said.

On Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, nine cadets and three senior members the members of the local squadron were dispatched to Columbia, where they helped organize 3,650 aerial photographs that were provided to FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the S.C. Emergency Management Division, the release said.

In total, 22 Low Country Composite Squadron members--13 senior members and nine cadets--were dispatched to help rescue efforts. Civil Air Patrol members from South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia also helped the rescue effort, totaling about 190 Civil Air Patrol members and 110 flights

For more information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com. The Low Country Composite Squadron meets weekly on Thursday evenings in the Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Headquarters. For more information, contact Captain Crystall Eudy at crystall.eudy@scwgcap.org or (843)368-4302.

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