Leland Vittert, First Responders Rescue Dogs From Florence Floods During NC Ride-Along
Fox News correspondent Leland Vittert took a ride-along with a fireman Monday through the flooded streets of a North Carolina town ravaged by Hurricane Florence, where he was able to rescue two very happy dogs.
Vittert and fireman Josh Bergman used a boat to navigate the streets of Chinquapin, a small community between Burgaw and Jacksonville, looking to help stranded citizens.
At one point, Vittert said he and Bergman had to duck telephone wires, as the waters were estimated to be as deep as ten feet.
Dogs left for dead during #Florence swam thru flood waters to a porch—we heard barking while out with local fire dept. @DCLuckyDog has agreed to take them—any help with vet/evacuation expenses would help them! More tonight on @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/NCXBnUK2Gc
— Leland Vittert (@LelandVittert) September 17, 2018
"The scenes were unbelievable," Vittert said. "There is something surreal about driving down a road in a boat."
While navigating the town, they heard noises coming from the porch of a home that was not yet submerged by floodwaters.
There, they found two emaciated dogs who were apprehensive at first but eventually welcoming to their rescuers, Vittert said.
Vittert said the first responders named the two dogs "Florence" and "Chinquapin," and that Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in the D.C area was going to work on finding "forever homes" for the pups.
Chinquapin was one of many towns in the sandhills, coastal plain and shoreline that were drastically affected by Florence's heavy rains and storm surge.
The northeast branch of the Cape Fear River flows just west of the Duplin County town -- one of many rivers like the Neuse in New Bern and Kinston, where water rushed over the riverbanks.
Parts of Interstate 95 -- the key north-south artery between Richmond and Savannah -- and Interstate 40 -- the main east-west corridor from the Smokies to Wilmington -- were still closed as of Monday due to flooding and other damage.
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