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NH rescue team stays busy in N.C.

Staff Report
September 16. 2018 10:37PM
Members of New Hampshire's Task Force One swift water response team rescued 20 in Laurinburg. N.C., on Sunday evening. (BEDFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Members of New Hampshire’s swift water rescue team were busy Sunday night rescuing stranded North Carolina residents.

Bedford Fire Deputy Chief Scott Hunter said the rescue unit had transported about 20 people from a neighborhood affected by floodwaters in Scotland County.

“The guys are busy but in good spirits,” Hunter said. “They are anxious and ready to do the job they were sent there to do.”

He said the crews are operating in the city of Laurinburg.

“Lt. Keith Folsom reports heavy rains this afternoon caused a creek to overflow its boundaries,” Hunter said in an email. “They are operating in a neighborhood of multi-family housing residences. This operation is expected to continue throughout the night. Nighttime operations add to the additional hazard of low-light conditions affecting the safety of team members.”

The 14-member Task Force One swift water response team left last week for North Carolina, just before Hurricane Florence hit. It includes members from fire departments from North Conway to Manchester.

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