Florence's life-threatening storm surge left nearly 400 residents stranded in New Bern, North Carolina, as the storm pummeled the coastal city as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday.
Emergency responders have reported an influx of calls from residents pleading to be rescued from the rapidly rising floodwaters.
The Cajun Navy rescues stranded residents in New Bern, North Carolina, as storm surge waters inundate the coastal city. (Twitter photo/ David Rankin @Rankinstudio)
The City of New Bern's Twitter account stated Friday morning that two teams with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were en route to North Carolina to assist with water rescues.
Stranded residents are being urged to seek higher ground immediately as they await rescue.
Priority right now is remaining 100 rescues. Then remaining power restorations. Winds are down to 19mph...great opportunity for our crews to get out and continue this important work.— City of New Bern (@CityofNewBern) September 15, 2018
New Bern's Public Information Officer, Colleen Roberts, told the Associated Press that over 360 rescues had already been made by midday Friday.
The Cajun Navy has assisted local authorities in New Bern with water rescues, having reportedly received 500 calls for help with rescues in the New Bern area.
First boats in the water. America's Cajun Navy has launched into the good night with @CityofNewBern FD.
Anybody who says civilian responders and spontaneous volunteers are a danger - point to tonight. Point to Harvey.