Crews rescue men, dog from flooded Lumberton home


ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – Two men were recovering Tuesday after being rescued from their Lumberton home as flood waters rose.

The rescue happened on Pine Log Road, which looked more like a lake after Hurricane Florence drenched this part of Robeson County.

A WMBF News crew was with the Raft Swamp Fire Department and the Cajun Navy when the rescue took place.

A dog was trapped on a small porch off a mobile home, but he wasn’t alone.

“We didn’t think it was going to get this bad so instead of coming up this way he stayed on the porch,” said homeowner Casey Haggins. “So we’re here trying to get him off the couch cuz he’s standing in water.”

Responders maneuvered through the unknown. Below the surface were mailboxes, garbage cans and even fire hydrants, all potential hazards.

“Right up here there’s a brick wall that’s like a flower bed. You can’t see under this water. If you hit something like a structure or something, this boat’s going over,” said Mitch Collier, with the Cajun Navy 2016.

“I’m glad y’all came because I was going to have to do what I have to do to get him out,” said John Oxendine, who was also rescued.

Two men emerged from the home after risking their lives to save man’s best friend.

“We waded it about waist deep,” said Larry Haggins, who was also rescued.

The two men are safe and left to rebuild for the second time what hurricanes Florence and Matthew destroyed.

“Yes, I’m not sure,” Oxendine said.

WMBF News remained on Pine Log Road for Tuesday’s 4 p.m. show and noticed the dog was still abandoned.

Fortunately, one of the first responders actually adopted him and he will be returning with the Cajun Navy to Louisiana.

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