New FEMA photos show mo task force one in action, evacuating hurricane victims

(KPLR) – Fox2 News is getting another look at how Missouri Task Force One is helping in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew dropped a record amount of rain.

FEMA released several photos capturing the team involved in water rescues and evacuations, including one which shows the rescue team helping a man push his walker through his flooded home.

Missouri Task Force One is based in Boone County but has members from all over the state including several in the St. Louis Region.

The Boone County Fire Protection District reports evacuating at least 10 residents by boat, and helping six others who decided to “shelter in place” during Hurricane Matthew.

The team has been in Lumberton, North Carolina where nearby rivers have swelled to record levels after the hurricane’s intense rains.

Thousands of people are still being ordered to evacuate throughout the state with police officers and firefighters in eastern North Carolina cruising low-lying areas shouting to people from bullhorns to get out before floodwaters from the hurricane arrive.

The governor of North Carolina reported Wednesday that the death toll in North Carolina has risen to 20 after Hurricane Matthew.

Missouri Task Force One is now heading to Kinston, NC for anticipated disastrous flooding that’s expected to last for several days.