SC National Guard members deployed to Puerto Rico for Maria relief

Published: Oct. 2, 2017 at 1:35 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2017 at 9:04 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - About 200 members of the South Carolina National Guard are going to Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria.

Members of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron departed South Carolina Sunday night to help with Hurricane Maria recovery. They loaded a cargo plane full of supplies and Engineer Soldiers.

The South Carolina National Guard posted video of the unit's departure on Twitter.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm with 155 mile-per-hour winds and rain on September 20. The country is trying to recover from the disaster.

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The units they are assigned to are the 178th Engineer Battalion in Rock Hill area and 122nd Engineer Battalion in Edgefield,  however the Soldiers are from throughout South Carolina. They are expected be on the ground as long as needed, which could be 30-60 days, according to the South Carolina National Guard.

Governor Henry McMaster announced last week the Engineers were head to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief. They will clear roads, assist areas cut off from the storm, clear debris, and get infrastructure restored.

The same units were mobilized in South Carolina to assist in similar missions following the historic flooding in October 2015 and during Hurricane Matthew last year.

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