Gaston, Lincoln emergency crews are ready for Hurricane Michael

Gaston, Lincoln emergency crews are ready for Hurricane Michael

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - In Gaston County, emergency trucks have undergone maintenance and in Lincoln County, the 911 center has new radios to use just in time for Hurricane Michael.

It's almost like a déjà vu experience after Hurricane Florence hit so recently.

“It keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure,” said Captain Jeff Hicks of Gaston County Emergency Management Services.

Hicks says even though his team of paramedics have had little to no down time or rest after Florence, the rescue boats are back out and they are set to help those who may need help when Hurricane Michael makes its way to the Carolinas.

“It’s kind of like muscle memory. We do the same thing every time. It’s all the same process of getting things ready,” said Hicks.

Over in Lincoln County, crews there are gearing up too. An entire roster of firefighters a part of a water rescue team is now set in stone should we see some flooding.

Public works crews in both areas are on standby, ready to hit the streets if uprooted trees become an issue.

With all the rain we could see, Hicks wants to remind drivers to "be careful. Turn around, don’t drown.”

It is possible that crews from Gaston and Lincoln Counties will be sent to other places within the state to help out other counties, but right now the focus is right here at home.

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