Delaware Public Media

Delaware National Guard came to the rescue over the weekend

Jan 25, 2016

300 members of Delaware’s National Guard were activated during this weekend’s storm.

Missions included transporting medical professionals and first responders to and from work shifts.

Because of flooding in Sussex County, the Guard helped evacuate approximately 40 residents from the Oak Orchard/Long Neck area.

Meantime in New Castle County, troops assisted another 40 Delawareans in getting to the hospital for emergency medical care or those stranded on the road due to heavy snowfall.

Additionally, the Guard conducted an aerial assessment of the flood damage in Sussex County for Governor Jack Markell and other state officials.

Before the storm, operators and tactical vehicles such as Humvees, 5-ton trucks, and wreckers were prepositioned to each county’s Emergency Operations Center. From each EOC, troops and vehicles were dispatched to local fire houses and state and local police departments.