Chocowinity VFD delivering food, water to trapped residents

Published 3:20 pm Saturday, September 15, 2018

After rescuing Chocowinity residents from about 12 different homes Friday, Chocowinity Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Pendley said his department is focusing now on providing for those in need, who are trapped down Whichard’s Beach Road.

“We’ve have some phone calls from people who wanted to leave and people who don’t have any food, “ Pendley said. “We’ve got a poor community, you know, and some of them didn’t have the money to go out and get (supplies) and what little they had got messed up when the current went out.”

Pendley said Chocowinity roads are pretty much clear, with the exception of Whichard’s Beach Road. The rescues from floodwaters Friday were from Whichard’s Beach and Sandhill roads.

Widespread power outages remained in Chocowinity Saturday, but crews were working to get them repaired.

“There were so many trees that fell down and lines pulled tops of the polls down and pulled transformers down,” Pendley said. “There’s dozen of Duke Energy trucks out on the road, working as hard as they can. They’re trying to do the main highways first and then on from there.”

Power, however, was not foremost on his mind, he said.

“Right now, we’re just taking care of people that don’t have food or water,” Pendley said. “We’re just trying to look out for everybody right now.”