Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern, N.C., were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Hurricane Florence’s storm surge.
Colleen Roberts, public information officer for the city of about 30,000 residents, said that 200 people had been rescued so far as the Category 1 storm hit the area with strong winds and a high storm surge. FEMA teams were employing boats in the rescues and were determining which cases were the most severe. Roberts said many of the residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.
Flooding and a strong storm surge prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N.C., for residents trapped in vehicles and homes, spokeswoman Amber Parker said.
If anybody could help… our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic. Phone about to die please send help to 611 Watson ave, new bern. NC
— bree (@Breeanna_xoxo) September 14, 2018
— New Bern PD (@NewBernPD) September 14, 2018