Davie teams help in flooded areas

Published 9:03 am Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hurricane Florence put many people in a self-preservation mode last week.

While many were stocking their pantry with food to hunker down at home, others started preparations of their own.

Members of the Davie County Swift Water Rescue team were busy checking ropes and vests, boats and batteries. And not long after leaving their homes in Davie County for flooded areas in eastern North Carolina, they were making a rescue.

WRAL TV of Raleigh was on hand Saturday night as the team rescued a woman whose vehicle had been swept off the road into a ditch filled with water. Then her vehicle started filling with water, and she escaped, only to be swept downstream by the current.

The Davie rescuers, working in the dark, are shown escorting the woman to safety Saturday evening. See the WRAL video of the event on the Davie County Enterprise Record’s Facebook page.

The Davie County Sheriff’s Department also sent a team to one of the hardest-hit areas in Brunswick County, helping out local authorities with traffic control and running a shelter that accepts pets.

The wind and light rain experienced here on Friday and Saturday turned into heavy rains on Sunday, dumping some six inches of the tropical moisture, felling trees and flooding some homes and buildings.

Rich Park Drive in Mocksville will be closed until further notice as rushing water compromized the road near the creek. It is still accessible via Cemetery Street, but Mocksville police are urging motorists to use caution in the area, especially when school is in session.