ABC 11 News
September 11, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- What happens when the rescuers need rescuing?
That's what happened in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on Saturday after rains from Hurricane Florence flooded the city.
A marine and two first responders from Onslow County tried to get a military Humvee through a very flooded Half Moon Creek.
And when the Humvee didn't make it, several good Samaritans, who were taking supplies from back to the other side of the creek, jumped in to help.
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"Cajun Navy" volunteers help evacuate North Carolina nursing home residents
September 17, 2018
A group of volunteers all too familiar with devastating flooding have gone to North Carolina to help in the aftermath of Florence. Cajun Navy Relief and Rescue is a non-profit group of volunteers from across the country. The group was created after flooding hit southern Louisiana in 2016.
CBS News was with the team in Lumberton as they evacuated 40 people from Highland Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Many of the residents were bedridden.
"Yeah, we are risking our lives, but this is worth it," said Chris Russell, one of the volunteers.
It took five hours to rescue the residents and deliver them to area hospitals.
"I think what we were able to accomplish tonight, was to give these people some dignity, holding their hand, asking them if they would like to somebody to pray with them," said Allen Lenard, another volunteer. "As much as I believe were were a blessing to those people, I know as a matter of fact, that they were a blessing to me tonight."
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