When Hurricane Florence’s historic rains and subsequent flooding rendered most affected areas impassable and dangerous, McKim & Creed deployed UAS emergency response teams where they were needed.
We mobilized drone pilots from Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, and stationed teams in Wilmington and New Bern, two of the hardest-hit areas in North Carolina, to assess damage. The UAS technology worked particularly well in swampy, heavily wooded areas that were difficult, dangerous or impossible to get to on foot.
Clients were able to view the UAS data in real-time in the field. Just minutes after each flight, video was available for closer inspection and zoom-ins. From there, clients could direct their crews to the damaged areas to begin repairs.
McKim & Creed conducted nearly 100 UAS flights for clients immediately following Hurricane Florence.