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Nebraska crew helping Hurricane Florence victims faces challenge of epic rain

September 18, 2018

A Nebraska crew evacuating victims of Hurricane Florence faces the challenge of epic rains and rivers reaching flood stage, a leader of the group said Monday.

Brad Thavenet, a battalion chief with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, said members of Nebraska Task Force One were evacuating people Monday from an area around Hope Mills, North Carolina, about 100 miles from the coast.

The 41-member team is made up of firefighters from Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion and Grand Island, plus a doctor and canine handlers.

He said some roads are cut off by flooding, making travel treacherous. He said that’s why the crew tries to carry out evacuations during the day, although the task force is available at night if needed.

The task force on Saturday night evacuated 124 residents of an assisted-living center.

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