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Final rescues of 400 people complete in New Bern as town is 'an island,' official says

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT/AP) -  Hundreds of people have been rescued from Florence floodwaters in New Bern and officials say rescue efforts are now complete.

Very early Saturday, about 100 people were in need of rescue, according to city of New Bern public information officer Colleen Roberts. 

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New Bern Fire/Rescue Department said 69 people were rescued Saturday morning. Those who were rescued were taken to shelters and the fire/rescue headquarters.

An additional 28 people said they initially considered rescue but were fine now, authorities said. 

Nearly 400 people found themselves trapped in their New Bern homes as the water rose from Hurricane Florence very early Friday.

More than 360 people had been rescued by mid-afternoon Friday, hours after then-Hurricane Florence swept through, but another 140 were still waiting for help, Roberts told The Associated Press.

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. 


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