JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) – As floodwaters rise across southwest North Carolina, some residents are volunteering to perform animal rescues by boat in flooded neighborhoods.
Leroy McGee, a resident of Jacksonville, decided to volunteer with members of his church to check on homes in his neighborhood.
He and Matthew Drake, the pastor at Richlands United Pentecostal Church, came across two stranded dogs on an empty home’s front porch and two cats, shivering and wet from the rain.
The men, along with another church member, brought all four animals into their boat and onto land before determining where to keep them as floodwaters remained high.
Forecasters said Friday evening Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and South Carolina with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.