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Flagler County employees deployed to South Carolina

2 week deployments for responding agencies

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Three Flagler County emergency officials headed to Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday to assist in rescue efforts after mass destruction from rain and flooding.

South Carolina made an emergency management assistance compact request through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, for assistance.

Laura Nelson, an emergency management planner, Mike Bazanos, a fire rescue operations chief and Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Richard Bennett joined an eight-person Northeast Florida management team on the trip.

"They are looking for ambulance strike teams and water rescue personnel," Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito said. "Bazanos reported that there are 300,000 people without water and six hospitals without water."

"There have been (portions) of major interstates shut down, including Interstate 95, Interstate 20 and Interstate 26. They are managing swift-water rescues; dams have been breached. There is a lot going on up there," County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "We know the importance of providing support to communities during their time of need. We have a great team to provide that help."

The team is working on plans to re-route traffic.

Officials said there are two-week deployments for responding agencies.