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Boy Scouts are rescued from flood-stranded Camp Charles Saturday

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About 120 Boy Scout campers are safe after torrential downpours flooded Nash County roads and required a Saturday afternoon rescue. Nash County Emergency Management responded to Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Charles south of Bailey after being notified that a portion of the road that crosses over the dam was washed out. Emergency management officials and camp leaders worked to evacuate Camp Charles and free Scouts from Wake and Pitt counties after realizing it was not safe for the 32 stranded vehicles to travel across the gravel road.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools provided bus transportation from Camp Charles to a shelter and reunification site at Bailey Elementary School. By 6:30 p.m. Saturday, all campers had been reunited with their families. The road was repaired by Sunday afternoon, and the Boy Scout troops were notified by Camp Charles that they could return and retrieve their vehicles. The Bailey Fire Department, Bailey Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Nash County 911 also assisted with evacuation and shelter operations.