Posted on October 17, 2016
October 17, 2016, Monroe, NC – Union County firefighters last week responded to Columbus and Bladen counties to assist these communities devastated by flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. Firefighters from Monroe, Stallings, Bakers, Wesley Chapel, Unionville and Beaver Lane departed Monday, Oct. 10 and returned on Thursday, Oct. 13.
These crews, which responded with fire engines and tankers, primarily assisted in Bladen County where the Black and Cape Fear rivers reached record flood levels. The areas of operation were between the two rivers.
The crews were based at the White Lake and Kelly volunteer fire departments. The firefighters were responsible for all fire, rescue and first responder coverage in those areas. They performed well-being checks, food and water delivery to residents who chose to stay in their homes, medication delivery, and searched flooded homes. Most of their missions were in flood waters that at times exceeded 5 feet. The crews working out of the White Lake VFD responded to and stopped a fire that had overtaken a structure in the community.
“This group operated in the most honorable way,” said Capt. Charlie Porter of Monroe Fire Station 2. “It was an honor to be with a group of professionals that represented the City of Monroe, Union County and the volunteer fire departments with such compassion and integrity.”
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