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Fort Bragg escapes major damage so far; rescue teams deployed

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: September 16, 2018

(Tribune News Service) — Fort Bragg said Saturday it had not seen the massive devastation brought by past storms, but officials cautioned that damage from Tropical Storm Florence was not over.

Parts of the sprawling installation lost power overnight as Florence moved across the Carolinas, but there was no significant damage reported to roads, according to Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum.

“Roads appear to be in good shape at this time,” he said.

McCollum said generators were providing power to key buildings and commands on post.

Officials had feared Florence, which approached the coast as a major hurricane, could cause damage similar to Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which washed out roads, battered buildings and caused more than $21 million in damage on post.

McCollum said that has not been the case. But, he said, officials were closely monitoring the nearby Little River and preparing for flooding and damage that could come as Florence continued to drench the region and hammer it with strong winds.

“We are not done,” he said. “Stay off the roads.”

As of Saturday morning, the Directorate of Public Works had received more than 115 calls for service related to the weather, McCollum said. Corvias Military Living had received more than 200 calls from on-post housing.

Fort Bragg’s commissaries and exchange stores are closed. Officials did not know when they might reopen.

The South Post Commissary has extensive water damage, McCollum said, and is expected to remain closed for an extended period of time.

Meanwhile, Fort Bragg soldiers from the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command have deployed with high water rescue teams in North and South Carolina, including Fayetteville and Raeford.

Additional soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Fort Drum, New York, were expected to arrive later Saturday.

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