Austin man uses social media to rescue brother trapped in flood in North Carolina

Hurricane Matthew flooded these homes in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Austin man Craig Williams' brother was trapped in the house on the far right. (Courtesy: @ImSoFIRST via Twitter)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Late Saturday night, Craig Williams of Austin, Texas learned his brother’s house in Cumberland County, North Carolina was filling with water. His brother, Chris Williams, was stuck in his attic, trying to escape the flood.

After repeated calls to 911 and local emergency personnel in the area, neither Chris nor Craig could get through to anyone. That’s when Craig started looking on Twitter, where he came across a drone photo of his brother’s flooded house.

“It occurs to me, this guy just posted this. If he’s in the neighborhood right now filming, he must have a boat or something,” explains Craig.

While the stranger with the drone did not have a boat, he was able to help.

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