100 National Guard troops deploying from Lancaster

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By Kayla Vaughn

About 100 men and women are being deployed to the coast from the S.C. National Guard Armory in Lancaster, joining  2,500 other soldiers from around the state.
First Sgt. Scott Titus said the local guard unit has three teams ready to go, along with the first wave of front-end loaders, skid steers, smaller dozers and other gear.
“There’s so much going on right now,” Titus said. “We’re trying to get everything ready for the hurricane, and we’re also picking up and receiving equipment that not only are we taking with us, but we’re staging it for other units to use to go in after us.”
The teams will be headed to the Marion and Mullins area, cutting single-lane roads through storm debris so that first responders can get through to rescue victims.
A second wave of teams and equipment will follow shortly after the first, with graders, rollers, bulldozers and other things needed for the heavy cleanup of storm damage.
Titus said the deployment schedule depends on what the hurricane decides to do. The teams will wait until it rolls through, then go to pre-stationed areas, checking to see what equipment they need.
“If they don’t need us there, then we’re just going to roll on through to the next stop,” he said.

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