Md. vol­un­teers flew 30 mis­sions over South­east to help as­sess storm dam­age

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND NATION - — Matthew Hay Brown

The Mary­land Wing of the Civil Air Pa­trol flew 30 mis­sions over the South­east­ern United States this week to help au­thor­i­ties as­sess the dam­age wrought by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, a spokes­woman said Thurs­day. Twelve crew mem­bers and four air­craft have re­turned to Mary­land af­ter fly­ing more than 70 hours over North and South Carolina, spokes­woman Maj. Julie S. Hol­ley said. The vol­un­teers cap­tured high­res­o­lu­tion pictures to help the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties as­sess the storm’s im­pact and de­cide where to de­ploy re­sources. Hur­ri­cane Matthew, a Cat­e­go­ry1hur­ri­cane when it made U.S. land­fall in South Carolina on Saturday, has been blamed for at least three dozen deaths in the South­east. Hun­dreds more died in the Caribbean. The Civil Air Pa­trol is a non­profit, all-vol­un­teer aux­il­iary to the Air Force.

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