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Pender County officials: More than 1,300 people rescued from flooding

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 10:25 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2018 at 12:46 PM EDT
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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - More than 1,300 people were rescued from flood waters in Pender County, officials said Tuesday.

Speaking during the county's first media briefing since Hurricane Florence, Pender County EMS and Fire Director Woody Sullivan said 1,330 were rescued from flooded residences and vehicles.

"Do not use social media as your source to ask for help," said Sullivan. "Call 911. That will get to us. We have boat access, dive teams, that can get to you. Dial 911."

Sheriff Carson H. Smith said that the county's 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. still is in effect to keep people from driving in dangerous conditions and to help cut down the chances of looting.

"We are going to have increased patrols on the river to protect against looting there," Smith said. "Tempers are running short. Everyone wants what you're looking for. Just hang on. It's coming."

Pender County School Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill said there are currently more than 1,000 people staying at four shelters. He said at least 10 schools are without power and multiple schools have had roof failures.

A Duke Energy representative said the hope is to have power restored to its customers in the county by Sunday at midnight.

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