Local Swift Water Rescue Teams Helping Carolina Flood Victims
Sunday, September 16, 2018 5:07 pm
Above photos from Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue
Hurricane Florence continues to devastate the Carolinas, as swift water rescue teams from this area help stranded residents.
As of now, the Middle Tennessee team has evacuated 33 people and 7 dogs, along with rescuing one wheelchair bound resident. Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue along with Rutherford County Fire and Rescue are teamed with Brentwood Fire and Rescue.
As reported on WGNS by CBS, the number of storm related deaths as a result of Hurricane Florence has increased to 24.
The main concern now is flooding. As a result of the heavy rainfall, creeks and rivers are either already out of their banks or about to flow onto surrounding land.
Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Chief Larry Farley said . . .
Officials predict that flooding will worsen before it improves.
Reports from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is causing flash flooding and major river flooding over a "significant portion" of North and South Carolina. Already 30 to 40-inches of rainfall has been measured in some areas.
Rutherford County Swift Water Rescue team members report the torrential rain is so hard that it's coming straight down
At least 17 people have died in storm-related incidents, including a man and a woman in Horry County who died from carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, approximately 740,000 homes and businesses are still without power in North and South Carolina.