Two N.Y. Army National Guard helicopters departed from the Rochester airport just after 9 a.m. earlier this week in support of hurricane recovery efforts in the Carolinas.

Two N.Y. Army National Guard helicopters departed from the Rochester airport just after 9 a.m. on Monday in support of hurricane recovery efforts in the Carolinas.

Sgt. 1st Class William Shephard of the 642d Aviation Support Battalion confirmed that two CH-47 Chinook helicopters flew to McEntire Joint National Guard Base near Columbia, S.C.

The helicopters will be used for the next two weeks to transport food, water, medical supplies and personnel to the outlying regions of the state, isolated by flooding due to the torrential rains of Hurricane Florence.

Two of the battalion's UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters flew to Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday.

The 642d ASB is the only unit outside of Ft. Drum that has the Chinook helicopter, an aircraft well suited for transporting bulk cargo and personnel.