Ft. Bragg Officials Check on Troops, Families in Wake of Florence

Ft. Bragg Officials Check on Troops, Families in Wake of Florence

Most of Fort Bragg’s services remained closed Monday as local officials braced for the potential of several more inches of rain as the remnants of Tropical Storm Florence moved north. Meanwhile, installation commanders continued to assess the needs of the 57,000 soldiers and their families stationed at Fort Bragg. More than 70 percent of them live off post. “We are doing everything we can to provide assistance to them,” said Lt. Col. Mike Burns, spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps. “This is our community and we face the same challenges that our neighbors do.”

Officials surveying the storm’s damage by helicopter Monday saw major roadways that connect personnel to the installation that were underwater or at risk of flooding, reported the Fayetteville Observer. One road that traverses the post was nearly impassable due to flooding from the Little River.

Meanwhile, other installations in Florence’s path continued recovery activities, reported Stars and Stripes. Officials were working to restore power Monday at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The base announced non-essential personnel would not be required to return to work until Sept. 24.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez

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