Missouri Task Force 1 waiting for next mission in North Carolina

3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago Sunday, September 23 2018 Sep 23, 2018 Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:58:00 PM CDT September 23, 2018 in News
By: Eric Graves, KOMU 8 News Reporter

COLUMBIA - Missouri Task Force 1 is in Kinston, North Carolina waiting for its next mission.

The task force's leader said the people in North Carolina have been welcoming and grateful.

"They're taking good care of us, the support from the locals and state assets have just been wonderful," Sanders said.

The task force just got done helping in Brunswick County, near Wilmington, where it conducted targeted searches for residents and pets. Hurricane Florence made landfall near that area Sept. 14. 

While there, the team rescued or evacuated 394 residents and rescued 33 pets.

The team also performed more than 1,000 wellness checks and accessed hundreds of structures.

Sanders said the experience was humbling.

"Even though all that is going on they still shake our hand, hug us and thank us," Sanders said. "Even in the rain they still come up to us and say 'Thank you for being there, thanks for coming down and leaving your families.' So that's pretty humbling."

"We're very proud of our mission and what we accomplished," Sanders said.

Sanders added the weather conditions during Hurricane Florence were terrible.

"I think the storm was moving two miles an hour, so just pounding them with wind and rain," Sanders said.

Sanders said their job isn't done just yet.

"When North Carolina is finished with our work, we'll start the process of going home," he said.

To view more photos of the task force members in action, check out the Boone County Fire Protection District's Facebook page.

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