National Guard Preparing to Respond in Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

ROCK HILL, S.C. – National Guard troops are preparing to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Hundreds of South Carolina guardsmen are staging in York County.

Members of the 178th engineer battalion are gathering at the National Guard armory in Rock Hill. They will clear roads, remove debris, and evacuate those trapped.

“We have to be ready for pretty much everything,” explains Master Sgt. James Morris.

Of the 700 guard members in the battalion, 70 have already been deployed to Horry County along the South Carolina coast.

They will also help with rescuing people trapped in floods, which is a big concern for emergency management leaders in York County.

“The threat with this storm is going to be the rain,” says York County Emergency Management Director Chuck Haynes.

To prepare for that, Duke Energy has lowered lake levels and the county has closed trails at the Riverwalk in Rock Hill.

Strong currents are expected in the Catawba River.

“We encourage people to steer clear of any moving water,” Haynes says.