A former U.S. Marine is using his own military vehicle to save people surrounded by floodwaters from of Hurricane Florence.
On Friday, 47-year-old Jason Wienmann was in New Bern, North Carolina, driving through flooded neighborhoods to rescue stranded residents, CNN reported.
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We rode along with Jason Weinmann as he drove into flooded neighborhoods to pull storm victims to higher ground. He’s one of hundreds of volunteers who joined flooding rescue efforts in New Bern, NC. The 47-year-old retired Marine bought this troop transport vehicle 10 years ago at an auction. “That’s why I got this thing, to use in times like this,” he told me. #hurricaneflorence #flood
Weinmann bought the vehicle at a government auction 10 years ago. He told the network that he had harrowing incidents like the storm in mind.
“That’s why I got this thing, to use in times like this,” he said.
"We're underneath the tarp in the back of a military style high-water vehicle that's being driven by a retired Marine who's jumped into action here in New Bern," reports @edlavaCNN from North Carolina.
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Florence, a once Category 4 storm, began bringing hurricane-force winds and rains to the Carolina coasts Thursday night. The slow-moving storm hovered over the same area for multiple days, causing record-breaking flooding and storm surge.
Hundreds of people in New Bern had to be rescued, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.
At least 17 have died as a result of the storm.