New Bern completes nearly 500 water rescues

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - New Bern says it has completed all of its rescues, saving 485 people from Hurricane Florence floodwaters.

The city says the last 69 people were rescued Saturday morning. Another 28 people who were initially thought to be in need of being rescued were found to be okay.

A spokeswoman says they are now heading into neighborhoods to perform welfare checks.


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New Bern emergency teams, as well as search and rescue teams from across the country, have rescued more than 375 people from flooded areas.

But according to the City of New Bern, there are still nearly 100 more people to rescue.

Early Saturday morning there were three teams working around the clock to get to those still stranded.

They are working with two FEMA teams from out of state. Those teams are in the area to do swift water rescues and more teams are on the way.

Anyone with boats who wants to help should report to Grover C. Fields Middle School on MLK Jr. Boulevard.

They sent out a tweet WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to a second story or attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.

At 3:30 am Friday the public information officer for the city tells us they had already been working on rescues for hours.