Crews rescue Pender County residents as rivers rise to historic levels

Crews rescue Pender County residents as rivers rise to historic levels
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 at 10:07 PM EDT
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Floodwaters damage a section of Highway 21 in Pender County. (Source: WECT/Colin Hackman)
Floodwaters damage a section of Highway 21 in Pender County. (Source: WECT/Colin Hackman)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Over 70 people were rescued from the rising waters in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Many people were pulled to safety by swift water rescue crews that include teams from as far away as Indiana. Others were hoisted from above as the US Coast Guard assisted in rescue efforts along Highway 210 near Rocky Point.

The Northeast Cape Fear River has spilled its banks as historic flooding is displacing communities near Shaw Highway and Whitestocking Road, as well as the River Bend Area.

Teams from the NC Wildlife Office, Pender EMS/FIRE and NC Forestry worked side by side with citizens on their own boats to help people to safety.

Many homes have water above the roof line. Cars are scattered and submerged.

Much of the Black River and its tributaries also initially spilled their banks on Friday, creating complete washouts of Highway 53 and Highway 210 at Moore's Creek. But with river levels expected to rise in the coming days many more residents will be put at risk.

Both the Black and the NE Cape Fear are predicted to crest on September 20, feet above previous records.

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