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White County team comes to rescue
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Faced with rising water, emergency responders were able to relocate a Van Buren County family from their home during recent flooding.

Recent flooding throughout Middle Tennessee showed the value of cooperation.

As saturated yards succumbed to perpetual rains, water levels rose faster than many expected. Some roads were blocked and a few families became imprisoned in their homes as water barriers made safe evacuation a concern. 

With Van Buren County resources dispersed throughout the county, a call for assistance was made to neighboring White County regarding a family whose house was surrounded by water. A concern for the family’s safety increased as rain continued to fall.

The Sparta-White County Fire and Rescue team had just sat down to refuel for lunch as they began to wind down after assisting with a Warren County rescue. While they were getting ready to order, a call came from Van Buren County for mutual aid.

Without hesitation, the White County team traveled up the mountain. The water rescue equipment and expertise was utilized to safely relocate the Van Buren family from the rising floodwaters engulfing their home to drier ground.

According to a statement on the Sparta-White County Fire and Rescue team Facebook page, “We don’t do it for the money. You know we don’t get paid. We don’t do it for the glory, but for a life that might be saved.”

The organization specializes in swift water rescue, water rescue and recovery, search/ rescue, rope rescue and cave rescue. It provides mutual aid to fire departments and law enforcement agencies in White County and beyond.