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Active water rescues underway in Jacksonville

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Published: Sep. 15, 2018 at 6:31 AM EDT
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Heavy rains overnight have brought additional flooding problems in Jacksonville.

The city says there are active rescues underway where people are trapped in their home and businesses.

Emergency crews say they believe they have rescued everyone needing help at the Webb Apartments off Piney Green Road, east of Jacksonville. Officials have not said how many people they have moved out of the area by boat. The water level at the apartments reached the bottom of the first floor windows.

Onslow County Emergency Management says there have been more than 35 rescue missions so far, as of 12:30 p.m. Saturday. There are 40 more rescue missions in the queue. The Coast Guard is assisting, including with their helicopter.

Work is underway to rescue between 30 and 40 people from the Northwest Bridge Road area of Richlands. Among the people crews are working to reach are pregnant women and children.

Authorities say there are now more than 500 people in rescue shelters in Onslow County.

Authorities are looking for flat-bottomed, Jon boat-type boats, to help with the city's rescue teams. If you have one that's easily accessible, please call the Citizen Phone Bank at 910-938-5200.

Jacksonville reminds residents that if you live in flood-prone areas to check water levels in your neighborhood and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Jacksonville issued a new curfew, from Saturday at 9 p.m. until Sunday at 7 a.m. Many streets are not passable.

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