FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- U.S. Army Soldiers continue to support relief and recovery efforts as citizens who were in the path of Hurricane Florence begin cleanup from the storm damage.

The National Guard is sending nurses and providing support to shelters.

The next few days will be critical as rivers breach above flood stage -- which may lead to more flooding across the Carolinas.

Here are a few U.S. Army mission highlights as of 5 p.m. Eastern time, Sept. 20:

-Soldiers helped FEMA and state officials deliver food, water, and other commonly used shelter items:
* 1.7 million meals
* 1.6 million liters of water
* 2,880 tarps
* 12,535 blankets
* 16,700 cots
-Soldiers have evacuated 386 citizens and rescued 42 animals in various parts of the Carolinas.
-Army units provided support to local emergency services including high-water rescues along the Little River in Spring Lake, North Carolina, and evacuations of 24 roads in Hoke County.

Corps of Engineers
-United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) districts are monitoring flood risk management projects and preparing for potential flooding.
-USACE is executing 15 mission assignments, including water and wastewater assessment, temporary roofing and dam safety technical assistance.
-USACE continues to conduct surveys and complete assessments, working closely with FEMA in North and South Carolina.

Visual imagery and b-roll footage are available at the following DVIDS link:
https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/armyhurricaneflorence
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/626874/hurricane-florence

For continued updates, please monitor the following Army social media sites:

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The Army will be using the following hashtag for all social media:
#ArmyResponse