Leland residents rescued from flooding

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Rescuers unload people, pets, and cargo from a military vehicle. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  After flooding increased Sunday, creating hazards for many in the Cape Fear, one neighborhood had to be rescued and taken to shelter.

A rescue team transported neighbors and their pets to the Leland Cultural Arts Center temporarily, while they awaited transport to the North Brunswick High School shelter.

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Neighbors reported water coming into their homes, and one man feared that all of his furniture and his vehicles were ruined.

One woman, who had to be put into an ambulance due to medical issues, says she’s thankful she got out safe.

“Everybody here has pulled together, the community is amazing. It’s just, it’s overwhelming. When you’re going through this horrible, monster of a storm, and all the aftermath. And to have such great people helping us, leading us, holding our hands, you know, it just, it blows you away. We feel very blessed,” said Julia Betterbid.

No word yet on when flood waters are expected to recede, but authorities are urging people to stay off the roads for the time being.