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Vermont swift water team has dozens of Florence missions

September 18, 2018

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont rescue team sent to North Carolina to help with rescues during Hurricane Florence has been busy.

Mike Cannon, the coordinator of Vermont’s Urban Search and Rescue, tells MyChamplainValley.com that since the 17 members of the swift water rescue team was activated on Sept. 15 in North Carolina they have performed about two dozen missions.

The death toll from the once-powerful Florence, now reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure, is at least 32 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina.

Cannon says that he and his fellow crew members are safe, but busy.

He says the big fear is that water will spill over a levee that protects the tiny community around Kelly, North Carolina. He says that could produce catastrophic flooding.

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Information from: Local 22/Local 44 News, http://www.mychamplainvalley.com

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