Virginia Guard Soldiers rescue stranded citizens on the Eastern Shore

Posted at 12:43 AM, Oct 31, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-31 18:57:18-04

Virginia National Guard Soldiers went through high water and even had to cut trees to clear a path for two rescue missions.

PHOTOS: Virginia Guard Soldiers rescue stranded citizens in the Eastern Shore area

Crews transported seven adults and one child to safety at two locations on Cattail Road in the Mears, Va. area.

State Police had asked the Soldiers to conduct health and welfare checks at two locations they had not been able to reach.

At the first location, the Soldiers had to cut through trees to enable their medium tactical truck access to the house where a family of five, including a young child, needed assistance to leave their house that was surrounded by high water.

At the second location, Soldiers had to trudge through two miles of high water, cutting trees as they went, but unable to get their truck to the house where a husband and wife needed evacuation. Using the family's boat, the Soldiers guided them about half a mile through the high water to the truck for evacuation.

Both families are now safe with relatives.