Flooding North Carolina: 2 Dead After Worst Flooding In 70 Years [VIDEO]
Flooding in North Carolina has led to the deaths of two people, in addition to power outages, ruined vehicles and wrecked basements. More than a foot, 12 inches of rain, fell on Charlotte over the weekend, damaging scores of roads, some of which may be closed for up to three months.
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The two deaths from the flooding in North Carolina occurred at a swimming area known as the "bathtub," on Wilson's Creek in Caldwell County. Delilah Lovett, 10, of Charlotte and Juan Alberdi, 48, of Huntersville, were swimming in the creek, after the rain had stopped, and were dragged downstream by swift currents. Lovett's body was found on Saturday, and Alberdi's was found the next day.
With 5,000 reported power outages due to the flooding in North Carolina, officials said the flash flooding was the worst they'd seen in decades. In Catawba County, where ten inches of rain fell in just six hours, reported ten swiftwater rescues of residents stuck in their homes or cars, and one county lake rose five feet above its normal level.
In Lincolnton, near Charlotte, Tom Kulczyk was awoken around midnight on Sunday to hear his dogs barking at the flooding. He said the floods were the worst he'd seen in years.
"It was pretty eerie sitting out in the dark near the river listening to all the cracking and crashing of the trees," Kulczyk said. "We lost eight trees at least. They're gone. Swept right away."
In nearby Cramerton, Mayor Ronnie Worley applauded volunteers who helped ease the danger of the flooding situation. Volunteers in nearby towns helped pump water and brought other relief.
"We had lots of help with sandbags," Worley said, "folks just from the community with people asking, 'What can we do,' a situation like this is when a community comes together."
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