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Special Ops crews provide rescue support to Grand Strand in wake of flooding

Columbia-Richland Fire was thrilled to welcome back 15 of our members who lent crucial support to Georgetown and Horry counties in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence.

Special operations crews with the department made their return to the Midlands on Sunday, September 30, 2018. This came exactly one week after they were sent to Pawleys Islands to assist the community.

In the weeks after Florence, parts of Georgetown County would experience significant flooding as water levels on the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee rivers began to rise.

When area flooding reached its crest on September 27, CFD teams were working late into the night performing search missions. Their partners in the operation included crews with the Charleston Fire Department and the South Carolina National Guard. 

After wrapping up their service to Pawleys Island the crews were then moved to Horry County to provide more aid over the weekend.

In all the teams traveled more than 890 miles and were on the clock for several hundred hours.