Damage assessments, rescues, and evacuations continue as U.S. Army Forces provide aid and support to FEMA, local communities, and citizens recovering from Hurricane Florence.

The Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, surveyed the damage across the Carolinas today with relief effort leadership. Flooding continues to be a concern in the region. Federal, military and city officials keep watch on both the Cape Fear and Lumberton Rivers as they approach flood stage in the aftermath of the storm.

Floods cover North Carolina communities in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Sep. 17, 2018. The United States Army is poised to provide Department of Defense support to Federal Emergency Management Agency, state and local response efforts due to the hurricane. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michelle U. Blesam)

In the last 24 hours:
• U.S. Army forces rescued 372 persons and evacuated 47 in various parts of the Carolinas.
• More than 9-thousand Soldiers are providing Total Army support to hurricane response.
• More than 4-thousand Soldiers, DA Civilians, and dependents displaced due to the impacts of the hurricane.
• National Guard helicopters have delivered 61,500 lbs of needed supplies by air.
• More than 9,000 Soldiers are currently responding to hurricane relief efforts as leaders continue to refine the mission needs.

Here are a few U.S. Army mission highlights as of 5 pm Eastern time, 18 September 2018:

• 18th Airborne Corps Task Force Truck (31 high water vehicles and crews) evacuated 170 civilians to shelter; rescued one from high waters; provided supplies to those in need; evacuated an additional 40 civilians and rescued 20 including two pets in Jones, Duplin, and Brunswick counties, North Carolina.
• 18th Airborne Corps Quick Response Force (20 high water trucks and crews) respond to local demand for evacuations. Working with emergency responders, they conducted mandatory evacuations within one mile of the Cape Fear River; Approximately 16 civilians evacuated to shelters, rescued one emergency operations center worker from home, and assisted in notifying residents of voluntary evacuation orders in Raeford.
• The North Carolina Army National Guard (NCANG) conducted over 250 ground missions, employing 112 force packages, completing 11 air missions with 47 persons evacuated and 82 rescued. Out of 34 armories in affected areas, only four sustained minor damage. NC is using two armories as shelters for evacuees (staffed by Red Cross).
• The South Carolina Army National Guard (SCANG) conducted over 170 ground missions. They are currently conducting high water vehicle support with 99 water rescues.
• SCARNG is distributing blankets and cots to Dillon and Chesterfield counties and assisting law enforcement with security.

Corps of Engineers
• South Carolina National Guard and USACE are coordinating to assist flood mitigation emergency operations in partnership with state and local officials. They are starting to place super sandbags to protect the 501 Corridor near Myrtle Beach South Carolina from potential river flooding following heavy rainfall related to Hurricane Florence.