New Cumberland River Rescue returns from Hurricane Florence

Carlisle/West Shore

New Cumberland River Rescue returned to Pennsylvania after spending four days rescuing people in Lumberton, North Carolina.

“It was just chaos, totally chaos, and that was just a small portion of this big picture,” commander Matt Stoner said.

The organization used four boats and three cars to assist in the recovery efforts. Crews worked in shifts and stayed at the Lumberton Fire Department. 

“When you’re responding to five cars in water on 95, that’s a whole different ballgame for us. We don’t see this on a normal basis,” Stoner said. “For some of our guys, this is probably once in a lifetime that they’ve seen so far.”

New Cumberland River Rescue used around $1,000 of its funds to pay for the trip. Most of that money went to fuel for cars and boats.

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