Greenville Fire and Rescue prepare for possible flooding

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Fire and Rescue urges people to prepare for the possible flooding.  Crews have already prepared for the rainy weather.

Two boats are making it possible for department to save people in high waters. Chief Griffin says they have everything under control.

“We are prepared, and if we have high waters to come up and we need to use the team, we have them in place ready to go,” Griffin said.

The squad is well equipped for any type of water emergency.

“Our ropes for pulling out stranded people in vehicles in highways or those who are crossing waters where they shouldn’t be crossing; we have personal floatation devices for us as responders and civilian rescue,” Greg Hardee said.

Battalion Chief Greg Hardee says they keep their boats on different sides of town, one by port terminal and another by the town common. The inflatable boat can hold around 12-14 people.

Hardee says it’s important for people to pay attention and watch for deep waters. “Water is a powerful force and turn around and we want to make sure that we don’t have personnel walking through driving through water. From the top it can look stiff, but the current underneath can sweep you away.”

Hardee says they put both the boats in the water Thursday, filled them up with gas and checked to make sure each one was ready.

“We’re pretty much prepared for what’s going come our way,” explained Hardee.

Hardee encourages you to pack a small bag with water and food and to also keep your medicines close in case of an emergency.


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