The North Carolina Department of Transportation has received national honors for its innovative use of drones during the state's coordinated response to Hurricane Florence.
NCDOT was awarded the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Xcellence Award in the humanitarian category at the AUVSI's annual Xponential Conference, which was held in Chicago April 29 to May 2.
Soldiers from the South Carolina Army National Guard are assisting the state's Department of Transportation in constructing an AquaDam to keep Highway 17 open from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach during the flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence.
With Highway 17 serving as a major conduit along South Carolina's coastline, the mission to keep the roads clear is one the Department of Transportation has undertaken and has enlisted the help of Soldiers from both the Infantry and Air Defense Artillery to ensure it happens.
State department of transportation workers, national guardsmen and a host of other federal, state and local personnel fanned out across North Carolina and South Carolina this week to assess and start fixing the damage left behind by Hurricane Florence.
Though downgraded to a Category 2 storm before making landfall, the 100 mph-plus winds and heavy rains generated by Hurricane Florence were expected to affect five states along the U.S. east coast: North and South Carolina in particular, along with parts of Georgia, Virginia and Maryland.