Tennessee Civil Air Patrol working with FEMA in Puerto Rico

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MARYVILLE (WATE) – In the weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, members of the Volunteer State came to help.

The Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol have been sending small teams for seven to 10 day missions to Puerto Rico. Their goal: to take as many aerial photos as they can so FEMA can identify what areas are in need of aid more immediately.

The results are powerful images with a bird’s eye view.

“I was amazed by the devastation. You cannot look anywhere on the island without seeing total destruction.” said Major Clarence Juneau.

Juneau spent 10 days in Puerto Rico. He says in teams of three, two pilots and a photographer, would spend 3-5 hours at a time in the air taking photos. That count totaling over 80,000 photos of the damage.

Those photos were uploaded online and FEMA is using them as crowd sourcing, Juneau says, allowing the public to rate the photos by how serious they think the damage is based on the photos they see.

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