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NC couple offers home as refuge to troopers during flooding

LA GRANGE, N.C. — In the midst of a statewide natural disaster, one North Carolina couple offered their home to several North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers as a refuge of rest and recovery.

In a viral photo originally posted by the Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, couple Wesley and Vivian Sutton are shown standing with the troopers they offered to help.

The photo caption said:

Earlier this week, Mr. Wesley and Mrs. Vivian Sutton of La Grange approached several members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol who were providing traffic directions near their residence. Without hesitation, the couple offered their home as a refuge for members to rest and recover from their day-to-day activities. The Sutton’s compassion and true kindness is a direct reflection of the resilience that our citizens display during times of peril.

McCrory said during a press conference Saturday morning that at least 26 people have died during the flooding in North Carolina, most of which took place in the eastern portion of the state. There have been 2,300 rescues since Hurricane Matthew hit.

As of Monday morning, the photo has more than 1,600 likes and 350 shares.