GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Swift Water Rescue Team with the Greensboro Fire Department sent 35 members to the areas hit hard by flooding following Hurricane Matthew.
"We didn't know what to expect," said firefighter Johnathan Moore, who assisted with evacuations in Sampson County. "There were people that were in their homes that prior to all this flooding thought everything was fine and then as the water started coming down, the water just got higher and higher ... and people decided we do need to leave."
The teams helped in a number of ways from helping get 911 communication back up and running in some communities to rescuing people from their homes.
"It's just an unusual sensation to drive a boat through a neighborhood and see household items floating," said firefighter Michael Stichter, who went door-to-door on a boat looking for those who may have been trapped in their home. "For a number of these we would just pull the boat up to the front of the house and get out and try to find out if anybody is there or anybody is in need of help."
The team, which has helped in a number of storms along the east coast, performed 75 evacuations from homes and assisted in the rescue of people trapped in their vehicles.