Hurricane Florence Flood Victims Turn To Social Media For Rescue

Hurricane Florence Flood Victims Turn To Social Media For Rescue

Some residents of the riverfront city of New Bern, North Carolina, who ignored evacuation orders were awaiting rescue early Friday, trapped at their homes by Hurricane Florence’s wind and heavy rains. About 150 people were waiting to be rescued, the city tweeted. The group’s website allows people to file a ticket detailing their location and the help they need. Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern. We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue. 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 — City of New Bern (@CityofNewBern) September 14, 2018 “We’ve planned for this,” New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said. “We knew it was coming, and we’re working very hard to keep our citizens safe. As much as three feet of rain and “catastrophic” flooding were expected.

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Some residents of the riverfront city of New Bern, North Carolina, who ignored evacuation orders were awaiting rescue early Friday, trapped at their homes by Hurricane Florence’s wind and heavy rains.

About 150 people were waiting to be rescued, the city tweeted. Watercraft manned by two out-of-state Federal Emergency Management Agency teams, the city fire department, and the volunteer Cajun Navy were assisting in moving stranded people to safety.

CrowdSource Rescue, a Twitter account devoted to making sure people reach safety, coordinated with civilian responders and tweeted updates for those who were trapped. The group’s website allows people to file a ticket detailing their location and the help they need.

Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern. We have 2 out-of-state FEMA…

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