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    CAP provides 'eyes in the sky' to assess Nev. flooding effects

    February 28, 2017

    Civil Air Patrol’s Douglas County Composite Squadron, headquartered in Minden, Nevada, completed an aerial photo reconnaissance mission in support of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department to assess the extent and damage of recent flooding. The 4½- hour mission was flown at 1,000 feet above ground and flying about 90 miles an hour. First Lt. Jack Hampel took over 150 high-resolution digital photographs of swollen rivers, streams, ranches, and roads, which were all made available to the sheriff a short time after CAP2722 returned to Minden. “Humboldt County did not experience significant flooding or structural damage,” said Lt. Col. James Baushke. “Now they have proof. You don’t know and can’t confirm unless you have eyes in the sky.”

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