Helicopter squadrons return from hurricane relief efforts

13News Now caught up with the HSC 7 Dusty Dogs, who were away for two months for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Local helicopter squadrons are returning from Puerto Rico after helping with Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

Squadrons 5, 7, 14 and 15 are back home now. The crews have helicopters assisting people who have been without food, water and electricity since the storm hit.

13News Now caught up with the HSC 7 Dusty Dogs who were away for two months for Harvey, Irma and Maria relief.

"Entire houses, gone. Messes of roofs and walls on the ground, and it was astonishing at first," described pilot Dakota Davis.

He responded to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. "Everything was brown. Trees were down, everywhere. I've never seen anything like it. It reminded me of fall back home, there were just no leaves," he said. 

Helping those in need is a team effort. Elijah Woodfork was hoisted down to find out what survivors needed.

"A lot of people couldn't get food and water. Seen a lot of mudslides happening, people couldn't get out because roads were cut off. It was crazy, it was just hard to explain," he said.

While that's understandably hard to put into words, what the Dusty Dogs do know is how good it felt to help those in need.

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