For Philly firefighters, Florence flood waters test their skills, patience and families back home

October 4, 2018

Jessica Calefati, By Staff

DILLON, S.C. – On a flooded rural roadway just outside this small town, four Philadelphia firefighters wearing bulky rubber safety suits trudged toward a vehicle with a white roof that peeked above the brown water. It had been five days since Hurricane Florence made landfall, but nearby rivers swollen with her rainwater were still rising.

As the firefighters waded in, the water climbed to their knees, then to their waists, finally up to their necks.

STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer Fanning, a Philadelphia firefighter with the task force, checks a flooded road for hazards. | More photos of PA-Task Force 1’s rescue work

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