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VIDEO: Virginia National Guard assisting in Essex after storms

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ESSEX, VA (WWBT) -

The Virginia National Guard is assisting with cleanup after the deadly tornadoes that tore through several parts of Virginia on Wednesday.

More than 40 soldiers responded to state active duty to assist with operations in Essex, Sussex, Patrick and Westmoreland Counties.

"We are working as quickly as possible to alert Soldiers about state active duty so they can notify their employers they need to miss work staring on Thursday," explained Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, director of the Virginia National Guard joint staff. "We will have forces in place by Thursday morning and ready to assist with the state's multi-agency clean up effort."

Soldiers, organized into debris reduction teams and equipped with chain saws and Humvees, helped local emergency response organizations clear fallen trees and other debris.

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