SANDSTON, Va. - Virginia National Guard personnel began assisting Virginia State Police and local emergency response organizations late in the day Oct. 29 at numerous locations across Virginia. Approximately 650 Guard personnel are staged and ready to respond to provide high water transport, debris reduction and reconnaissance patrols. Governor Bob McDonnell authorized an increase of Guard personnel to 750 on Sunday, and additional personnel have been alerted for possible duty and will be held in reserve for possible future missions.
Specific accomplishments include the following:
- In Winchester, Virginia Guard Soldiers assisted Virginia State Police with clearing a large tree blocking access to a VSP fueling station.
- In Norfolk, Virginia Guard personnel provided high water transport to assist local firefighters transport one citizen to the hospital and two citizens to shelter, and they also conducted numerous reconnaissance patrols to assess route trafficability, damage assessment and offer assistance to motorists in need.
- In Fredericksburg, Virginia Guard personnel provided traffic control to assist Virginia State Police and local emergency service personnel at the site of an accident involving an overturned tractor trailer and also provided military rations to hungry citizens in a disabled vehicle waiting for the arrival of Virginia State Police assistance. Soldiers also cleared debris from an exit on I-95 and helped two motorists in need of assistance get back on the road.
- In Onancock, Virginia Guard personnel conducted multiple missions to transport 14 citizens to shelters and transported six firefighters.
- In West Point, Virginia Guard personnel conducted a debris reduction mission and a reconnaissance patrol to assess route trafficability, damage assessment and offer assistance to motorists in need.
- In Portsmouth and Richmond, Virginia Guard personnel conducted reconnaissance patrols to assess route trafficability, damage assessment and offer assistance to motorists in need.
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