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NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – People aren’t the only ones being pulled from floodwaters in parts of eastern North Carolina inundated by Florence.
Rescuers are helping pets to safety, too, including one aptly named kitten: Survivor.
The News & Observer in Raleigh reported that Robert Simmons Jr. was among those seeking refuge Friday afternoon in New Bern, a city near the coast that’s bordered by two rivers and has been swamped with water.
The newspaper reports Simmons climbed into a rescue boat with Survivor. Photos and video showed the tiny animal drenched, mewing and clinging to Simmons.
Meet Robert Simmons. Was stuck in his house since last night, when floodwaters began to rise in New Bern. A boat came and rescued him just now. He was sad to leave his father but left with his kitten hugging his neck. Cat’s name: Survivor, Simmons said. #HurricaneFlorence2018 pic.twitter.com/vRR3lANDJe
— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 14, 2018
Rescuers have been working to get stranded people to safety since the water started rising late Thursday. The city said Saturday that all rescues had been completed, with just over 450 people taken to dry ground.
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