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PHOTOS: Civil Air Patrol Deploys to Help After South Carolina Flooding

A Leesburg-area volunteer group, the Civil Air Patrol, is back home after helping track South Carolina’s rising floodwaters from the sky. Members aided in search-and-rescue missions in areas of the state devastated by flooding.

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A Leesburg-area volunteer group, the Civil Air Patrol, is back home after helping track South Carolina’s rising floodwaters from the sky.
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Meanwhile, members of the Fairfax County-based Virginia Task Force One aided in search-and-rescue missions in areas of the state devastated by flooding.
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Volunteers helped track South Carolina's rising floodwaters from the sky in a designated Civil Air Patrol plane.
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They spent four days in the skies above a storm-soaked South Carolina.
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Major Clay Wilkins served as mission observer on board, helping the pilot navigate a crowded airspace and alerting Captain Bob Miller, the photographer. "The airborne photographer is focused on getting a great picture," Wilkins said. "It really takes getting the airplane in the right place to do that."
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"This was my first real flood mission and it was pretty staggering," Miller said.
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Over the four days, they flew 10 missions and spent 18 hours in the air, helping officials on the ground track the floodwaters.
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These Civil Air Patrol members who volunteer their time couldn't help but wonder about the people who lived in the homes below them. "You think: OK, did these people get out OK?" Miller said. That’s where members of the Virginia Task Force One stepped in.
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