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.
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.
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.