Coast Guard, National Guard continue search and rescue operations after Hurricane Florence

Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 crew members and members of the North Carolina National Guard assist residents of Old Dock, North Carolina, evacuate after flooding forced them from their homes Sept. 17, 2018. The Coast Guard is conducting search and rescue operations in support of state and local emergency operation centers. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kelly

Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 crew members and members of the North Carolina National Guard assist residents of Old Dock, North Carolina, evacuate after flooding forced them from their homes Sept. 17, 2018. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kelly

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – The Coast Guard worked with the North Carolina National Guard and other federal, state, and local officials across North Carolina to rescue residents impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, Monday.

“We prepare our teams as best as possible while conducting adequate risk management to respond to any and all conditions that arise,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Miller, shallow water response coordinator for the Hurricane Florence response in North Carolina. “We often don’t know how extensive the devastation is, how fast flooding waters are, the many dangers that exist, or the amount of people needing rescue when our teams arrive at the impacted areas.”

The Coast Guard deployed 26 shallow-water response teams comprised of 116 people in support of search and rescue operations since Hurricane Florence began.

For photos and video of the Coast Guard’s preparation and response to Hurricane Florence, visit our Hurricane Florence Flickr album.

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