Hurricane Florence: Craven County Update

Sep 14, 2018

Swift water rescue teams are continuing to rescue people from their homes in Craven County.  

Flooding from Hurricane Florence on Scott's Creek Drive in James City, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Credit Robert Hastings

Gov. Cooper saidthere's been over 100 rescues in Craven County since Hurricane Florence began.  Craven County Public Information Officer Amber Parker says they’ve received calls from people needing to be rescued from rising waters who live in Fairfield Harbor, New Bern, Adams Creek, Township 7 and River Bend.

“If people need assistance, we’re asking if the water is getting into their home, to call our emergency operations center.  The number is 252-636-6608.  We’ll get to people just as fast as they can, we ask that people get to the highest ground that they possibly can without getting trapped.”

Parker says hundreds of swift water rescue crew members are on standby and ready to respond.

“We also have other teams that have come in from other areas and we’re waiting on two more swift water rescue teams to come into the area once the weather conditions will permit them to get here.”

Many of the people who are rescued from their flooded homes are taken to one of five emergency shelters in Craven County.  Parker says more than 1,000 people are at the shelters, which don’t have power and are at or near maximum capacity.  Hurricane Florence has also flooded multiple roadways, downed power lines and toppled trees on cars.