NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - Hundreds of people have been rescued from floodwaters in New Bern.
New Bern Fire/Rescue Department said 69 people were rescued Saturday morning. Those who were rescued have been taken to shelters and the fire/rescue headquarters.
An additional 28 people said they initially considered rescue but were fine now, authorities said.
Those who were rescued have been taken to shelters and the fire/rescue headquarters.
As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, about 100 people were still in need of rescue, according to city of New Bern public information officer Colleen Roberts.
Greenville police sent seven officers to help in manning shelters. On Friday, Greenville police tried to send 10 more, but they were unable to get into New Bern.
"New Bern is an island," said Roberts.
New Bern police Lt. David Daniels said the rescues have not been limited to one specific area but are widespread across the city.
The city is also working to restore electricity to those who have lost power.
The flooding began before the rain came down, most of it due to the storm surge.
The bridge into town is blocked off because the water is too deep to drive through.
Shelters are still open in the city of New Bern.
Ben Quinn is at capacity, but Craven County has opened an additional shelter at Trent Park Elementary School, 2500 Educational Drive, for evacuees.
Havelock High School, F arm Life Elementary, and Brinson Elementary remain open, the city said they are also seeing an increase in people coming in.