Video: National Guard assists Hampton Roads with Matthew response

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team help clear debris Oct. 9, 2016, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to debris reduction, Virginia Guard Soldiers assisted multiple localities in the Hampton Roads area with evacuating citizens seeking shelter and transporting law enforcement officers on route assessments to identify road hazards. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia National Guard responded over the weekend after Hurricane Matthew hammered the region with heavy rains, powerful winds and tidal flooding.

Cleanup begins after Matthew brings widespread impacts to the region

The storm eventually weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but Matthew’s impact was felt far and wide in southeast Virginia and in North Carolina. The national guard announced Sunday morning that 160 soldiers would be staged throughout Hampton Roads.

Photos: National Guard responds to Matthew

On Monday, the national guard said those soldiers responded to the storm, using humvees as well as light/medium tactical trucks to evacuate residents to shelters in the area.

The soldiers helped in taking local law enforcement officers on route assessments and worked to clear traffic hazards. Numerous roadways across the region saw high standing water and overwash.

Several cities across Hampton Roads declared local states of emergency in response to the widespread damage.

The national guard says they will continue to have soldiers on stand-by in case they are needed to help residents from the flooding.