COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Tuesday an agreement to send members of the Ohio Army National Guard and equipment to North Carolina to help with recovery from Hurricane Florence flooding.
However, the Ohio National Guard, in an early afternoon press release, stated, “A contingent of Ohio National Guard personnel and equipment slated to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts will not deploy to North Carolina today, as had been previously planned.
“After re-evaluating ongoing operations and noting the rapid progress that has occurred, state of North Carolina emergency management officials rescinded the request for the Ohio National Guard to provide personnel, tanker trucks and fuel to assist in refueling of military helicopters aiding in the recovery efforts. This was communicated prior to the group leaving its station at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus.
“At this time, the Ohio National Guard has not been asked to support any other Hurricane Florence response efforts, though it is ready to assist if called to do so again. National Guard members from several other states remain on duty in support of communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic States that have been affected by the hurricane.”