Maj. Donald Ells had heard reports of flooding around Nichols, S.C.
But when Ells, an aerial photographer in the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, flew over the hurricane-ravaged town this week, he saw it was almost completely submerged.
"They didn't know the overall devastation of it until we were able to provide those photos back to county planners and FEMA," Ells said on the tarmac at Martin State Airport on Tuesday. "All of the roads in and out of this area were completed flooded or washed out."
Ells' team is one of several from the Maryland Wing that have been drafted this week to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency assess the...