Rare, first-hand look at what the U.S. Coast Guard does after a natural disaster

Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 17:59:25-04

The U.S. Coast Guard is known for water rescues during natural disasters, but after it happens, their job is far from over.

ABC Action News got a rare, first-hand look at the job the U.S. Coast Guard is tasked to do after disasters such as Hurricane Irma.

Thursday, the ABC Action News crew got a chance to ride in the chopper with a crew from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The four-man crew is helping at the Clearwater Coast Guard air station as many of the members from the Tampa Bay area went to help with Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas. 

The Coast Guard team was scouting out structural damage from Clearwater to Marco Island, where Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday. They are also looking for people who may need to be rescued.

They say even days after a storm, there is a chance they could find people standing on their roof, waiting for someone to save them.