A woman from North Carolina was rescued from murderous floods after social media users responded to her desperate request for help during Hurricane Florence.
Breeanna Perry, along with her disabled mother Tameka and her grandmother Peggy, realized that they were trapped in their New Bern home at 11.30 p.m. Thursday night when they had to turn off the power and therefore get in touch with other people.
While they had an attic to keep safe for the time being, Perry's phone battery was running out fast, so he used the power of Twitter and Facebook at 1.30am on Friday in a last attempt to save himself.
Breeanna Perry, her mother Tameka and her grandmother Peggy were trapped in their house in New Bern at 11.30 p.m. M. Thursday night due to Hurricane Florence.
Perry's phone battery was running out fast, so he used the power of Twitter and Facebook at 1.30 am Friday
The cars and the house of Perry's family were flooded and they stayed in the attic to avoid electric shocks.
Cajun warriors came to rescue the Perry family after the water flooded their home
Perry reports being surprised by electricity when he put his feet on the ground on Thursday
The family had to hide in the attic until they got help from the local heroes, Cajun Warriors
Local emergency services were flooded with other cases in the deadly hurricane that has claimed 13 lives in the state so far, but eventually their tweet went viral and caught the attention of the Cajun Warriors.
& # 39; If someone could help … our cars are under water and our house is stuck in the attic. Telephone about to die, send help to the 611 Watson ave, new bern. NC, Perry – who graduated from high school last summer – wrote. The message has been retweeted more than 11,000 times.
"I sent the tweet, I did not expect it to go viral," "I went back to the house, we still had the power, and everything, all the bodies were fine, we were in our rooms watching television," Perry told him. Fox Denver 31
"In fact I put my feet on the ground to go talk to my mother, and I started to be shocked, and I realized there was water on the floor and we had to turn it off and after that the water was coming in a matter of minutes . & # 39;
The New Bern area received a mandatory evacuation order before the emergency
Perry has defended his decision to remain inside his home with his family despite the hurricane
However, Twitter users have criticized the fact that the Cajun Navy used its resources to help its family on Friday.
Perry had previously tweeted how sad he was and that he was afraid to go to sleep.
After the publication, her best friend took charge of her Twitter account to provide followers with status updates and details of the people trapped inside.
Perry had been charging his phone through his laptop, but when he died he maintained limited contact by only communicating with his friend.
This is Breeanna's best friend! I am actively tweeting in your bc account I have direct contact with her. Your cell phone has died. They are alive and currently they are still trapped in the attic. "Alissa Kite wrote.
Perry and his relatives were finally rescued at 6 that morning and walked half an hour down the road to get to the evacuation buses. Kite then shared that the family had been taken to a safe place.
Perry's friend, Alissa Kite (left), started a page of GoFundMe and also tweeted on her behalf during the emergency.
Perry and her family are still trying to find a place to stay after being evacuated from their hotel
Thanks to the hard work of the local heroes, the Cajun Armada the group was saved.
However, Perry intervened to personally thank Twitter users for their effort and concern, but he also found himself defending his decision not to leave despite the mandatory evacuation instructions for his area.
"Everyone is talking about how we should have evacuated, but not everyone can just get up and leave," he wrote. & # 39; Yes, I have good things, but I worked hard for everything I wanted. And I pay for everything I have. It is not easy to get up and travel with two grandparents and a disabled mother.
After losing his home, clothes, cars and other personal belongings, Perry's best friend created a GoFundMe page on Saturday with the goal of raising $ 5,000.
The same thing happened, the Kinston hotel where they were seeking refuge 20 miles west of their city was also evacuated due to flooding.
It is said that the family is safe but still looking for a place to stay.