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North Carolina Residents Stranded Due to Levee Breach

10 Oct 2016, 6:59 pm

A combination of historic flooding and a levee breach, caused 1,500 residents in Lumberton, North Carolina to be stranded Monday morning. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced that 1,500 people in the town of Lumberton, North Carolina, were stranded and water rescues were underway early Monday morning.

Two dozen boats, and a couple helicopters were deployed to the area to help rescue the stranded residents. Due to the aerial rescues, the FAA issued a temporary flight restriction above Lumberton.

The death toll in the United States due to Hurricane Matthew is now at 21, with 10 of those in North Carolina. The death toll in Haiti, which took a direct hit, has been estimated at upwards of 1,000.

Header Image: U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Shaw, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment

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