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Arizona rescue unit returns from hurricane relief deployment

Posted: 9:44 AM, Sep 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-29 15:44:42Z

An urban search and rescue team is returning to Arizona from a deployment to the East Coast for Hurricane Florence.

The Phoenix Fire Department says the 45-member Arizona Task Force One is set to return late Sunday after a 20-day deployment to the Carolinas.

The team began demobilizing on Thursday in preparation for their four-day highway travel back to Phoenix.

The unit has deployed previously for numerous natural disasters and terror attacks.

As of mid-week, Florence had killed at least 47 people - 36 in North Carolina; nine in South Carolina; and two in Virginia. Tens of thousands of buildings were damaged and thousands of people are without livable homes.