200 people rescued, 150 awaiting help as floodwaters rise in New Bern area

200 people rescued, 150 awaiting help as floodwaters rise in New Bern area

About 150 awaiting rescue in New Bern, city tweets WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU

Despite a mandatory evacuation ordered Tuesday, Craven County emergency crews reported rescuing multiple residents from Hurricane Florence floodwaters through the early morning Friday.

New Bern officials reported on Twitter at 11:27 p.m. Thursday that about 150 people were waiting to be rescued, and two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were in the area. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said in an interview around 5 a.m. that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern. We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue. More are on the way to help us. WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. #FlorenceNC

Weve planned for this. We knew it was coming, and were working very hard to keep our citizens safe. We were able to evacuate quite a few; some did not go, he said.

We have rescued about 200 residents… we have about 150 more residents that need to be rescued. -New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw #HurricaneFlorence pic.twitter.com/TvxMbJLtsG

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NEW BERN, NC (WWBT) – As Hurricane Florence comes ashore, dozens of residents of a North Carolina city need to be rescued.

The city has been placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice, New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said in an interview just before 7 a.m. Citizen groups are helping with the rescue efforts, she said, and the city is not turning away anyone who offers help.

The towns mayor told the Today Show on Friday morning that about 200 people had already been rescued.

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Individuals and groups who want to help should meet at the New Bern Fire Department, located at 1401 Neuse Blvd., Roberts said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper noted that the dealing with the hurricane would require "endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience."

Parker said emergency crews were doing their best to reach areas that were just too dangerous because of extreme flooding, storm surges, and winds of 40 mph to 50 mph.

Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern. We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue. More are on the way to help us. WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. #FlorenceNC

Most of the swift-water rescues were being made in areas along the Neuse River, including portions of New Bern, Fairfield Harbour, Adams Creek and Township 7, Parker said.

Local officials were seeing at least 8 inches of water across Adams Creek Road by 11 a.m. Thursday, Parker said. Water levels by early Friday morning already had exceeded what the area got from Hurricane Irene in 2011, she said. The National Hurricane Center was reporting over 10 feet of inundation in New Bern.

New Bern hit by Florence, flooding and search and rescue missions, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (Credit: Brandon-Clement / Live Storm Media)

Storm surge has engulfed New Bern as Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville beach early Friday morning.

Search and rescue missions began Thursday evening and are continuing. There are currently 150 residents who are awaiting rescue, the City of New Bern tweeted.

Teams of first responders have rescued 200 residents, Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Today Show. Her message to those who remain stranded was, “Be patient, were on the way. We will get you rescued — all 150.”

Ahead of Florences landfall, the National Weather Service office in Morehead City reported a storm surge 10 feet above normal levels. The Neuse River has overflowed.

Whitecap waves could be seen crashing in the downtown area on Front St. A number of cars were submerged.

Water levels rose substantially in the Bridge Pointe Marina where a number of boats capsized from the 90 mph winds or sank.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is warning of major flooding in New Bern. Those remaining in the area should assume roads are impassable. NCDOT will be providing continuous updates on road conditions.

The National Weather Service continues to warn of “life-threatening, catastrophic flooding” due to Florence. The rains and flooding will continue through early next week.


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