Behind her, a Pender County EMS and Fire official held her elderly mother's hand.
The three generations of women were picked up from their street off
"I promised my dad I would take care of her though, and that's exactly what I plan on doing," West said about her mother, her voice breaking.
Warning the the river's waters were becoming life-threatening,
As a result of the flood waves moving down the
"We need people to understand it's not going to get better; the water keeps rising and they need to get out now," he said, repeating his plea to residents.
Large emergency vehicles built to withstand floodwaters were not being taken out into the impacted areas, Sullivan said, because in places where rescues were going on, water was too high.
Cavenaugh had tried to get her to leave Tuesday night, but the water wasn't that high. But Wednesday morning it kept creeping up and she told her son she was ready.
"But there was no way I could get to her," Cavenaugh said. "She doesn't have flood insurance because she lives a mile and half from the river -- who would think you need flood insurance more than a mile away from the river."
Finally, after several hours, the mother and son were reunited when Penny and her boyfriend
She lost her home on
"We are on the highest part of the road -- but seeing this, this doesn't help," she said.
While there were reports of donkeys, horses and other farm animals trapped in the flood waters, officials said people are their priority right now.
In some places, people were able to get out but animals were not. Standing at the road closure on
Officials told him people would be rescued first. His father
"This is a lot worse than Floyd," Ron said, adding that he did everything he could for the animals before the evacuation. "We came back this morning to see if we could get out there."
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