Fairfax search and rescue team deploys to South Carolina

- A search and rescue team from Fairfax County is just getting on the job in South Carolina.

Virginia Task Force 1 is headed into the frightening and dramatic floodwaters that have buried streets and neighborhoods in and around Charleston. Some areas have received 2 feet of rain in just three days.

"Any resource that is needed, that we're capable of down there. And a lot of that is getting into buildings, getting into houses, getting in these flooded areas so they can get victims out,” said Eddie Thurston of Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue.

Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue has sent an 80-member team of specialists with eight boats and four search dogs.

"We're set up to go two weeks, typically, but it's hard to say at this point what the time frame will be. It'll certainly depend on the emergency and how much help is needed down there,” said Thurston.

Thurston says they were alerted by federal authorities Sunday at 9 p.m. The team hit the road by 3 a.m. Monday.

Earlier this year, Virginia Task Force 1 was deployed to Nepal.

RELATED: South Carolina flood: Door-to-door searches, swamped roads

 

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