Vermont swift-water rescue teams headed to N.C.

Employees of Redix board up the front windows of the store in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of several East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades. (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP)

WATERBURY, Vt. — Vermont Emergency Management says one of the state’s swift-water rescue teams is heading to North Carolina in case they are needed to perform evacuations and rescues if Hurricane Florence causes dangerous flooding.

Vermont officials say the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management requested assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

The team is leaving Tuesday and will be staged in Raleigh, North Carolina. The mission is expected to last 10 days.

The team is made up of responders from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety, the fire departments from Burlington, Hartford, Rutland, Springfield, Williston and Lebanon, New Hampshire.