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Volunteers clean out Fair Bluff fire station after flooding

Fair Bluff has had agencies help throughout the flooding with water rescues and day to day calls. (Source: WECT) Fair Bluff has had agencies help throughout the flooding with water rescues and day to day calls. (Source: WECT)
FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) -

The Fair Bluff Fire Department has been working day after day to help others, but Tuesday it was their turn to get the help they needed.

The fire station was flooded with three feet of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, forcing them to operate from an emergency command center. 

Fair Bluff has had agencies help throughout the flooding with water rescues and day to day calls.

With those operations taken care of, Wilmington Professional Firefighters asked how else the department needed help.

“We are actually here cleaning their firehouse," said Captain Greg Fix with Wilmington Professional Firefighters. "Their firehouse was a couple of feet under water, river water, contaminated water, so we’re trying to get this back to order, their whole system has been disrupted.”

Volunteers with the organization came to Fair Bluff and began pulling salvageable equipment, pressure washing the floor and clearing debris from the station. 

Ken Elliott is a Lieutenant with Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue and said that the show of support for the town has been overwhelming.

“It’s a relief," he said. "It’s hard to keep yourself together, it’s very emotional." 

Fix said that by cleaning up, they're giving the members of the department one less thing to worry about. 

"You have to think their house and their family may be stressed to the max at that point also. They might not have a house to go back to in the first place,” stated Fix. 

It's a lesson for everyone as they continue the cleanup in the days to come. 

“You’ve got to pull together, because without each other, and without some of these people coming from the outside, you can’t do it, you can’t do anything by yourself,” Elliot added.

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