Water rescues underway in New Bern, NC as Hurricane Florence moves onshore

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NEW BERN. N.C. (WNCN) – Around 150 people in New Bern are waiting to be rescued as flood waters cover the city Friday morning and officials say they welcome residents to assist with rescues.

Hurricane Florence’s storm surge started flooding New Bern Thursday afternoon. As of 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, around 200 people had already been rescued, according to Colleen Roberts, public information officer with the city of New Bern.

“We haven’t asked for…help, we’ve had a bunch of citizens call or come out offering to assist in those rescues. We’re not turning them away. We are asking them to please organize with us, however. Meaning, if you have a watercraft you’re willing to go out and do those rescues, meet up at the New Bern Fire Rescue Department at 1401 Neuse Blvd.,” Roberts said.

New Bern officials tweeted saying two FEMA swift water rescue teams were on the way to help.

“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,” the tweet read.

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