WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Search and rescue teams from New Hanover County departed Tuesday morning for western North Carolina as Tropical Depression Fred brought heavy rains and flooding to that part of the state.
Several members of the North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 11 — comprised of members of the Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue — were activated by North Carolina Emergency Management and staged at Conover in Catawba County.
According to a tweet from New Hanover County Fire Rescue, Task Force 11 made several rescues that included 13 adults and two children in the area of Canton, N.C.
The team is assisting local and state authorities with any possible water-related rescues associated with Tropical Depression Fred, which made landfall at Cape San Blas in the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm Monday afternoon. The storm has already spawned several tornadoes in Georgia as it spreads heavy rains into the Appalachian mountains, on a path that could cause flash floods into upstate New York.
Task Force 11 is one of seven teams that are strategically placed throughout the state to assist in rescue operations. The teams are funded by North Carolina Emergency Management.
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