VIRGINIA (WVEC) -- The Virginia Task Force 2 began saving lives just a day after Hurricane Maria slammed into San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
On September 21, members of the VA-TF used inflatable boats to reach survivors in the badly flooded providence of Toa Baja.
In addition to the two people rescued, eight others who were surrounded by high water were moved to higher ground.
Thirty-three members of VA-TF 2 and four members of Florida Task Force 2 worked the residential urban area in the north-central coast of Puerto Rico, west of San Juan.
VA-TF 2 shared this post on their Facebook page:
Other operations on Thursday included members working in the central area of Puerto Rio, and the team was able to make it to Ponce in south Puerto Rico.
The Virginia Task force was being bombarded with questions on how to contact loved ones caught in Maria's path. Art Kohn, with the Virginia Beach Fire Department, posted this with the phone numbers of Hurricane Hotline in Puerto Rico.
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