North Carolina Flooding Leaves 4 Dead and 4 Missing

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U.S.|4 Dead and 4 Missing successful North Carolina Flooding

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred dropped much than 10 inches of rainfall connected Tuesday successful Haywood County, N.C., causing the Pigeon River to overflow.

Search teams on  the Pigeon River successful  occidental  North Carolina connected  Friday.
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Neil Vigdor

Aug. 22, 2021, 1:04 p.m. ET

Four radical were killed and 4 others were inactive missing aft flash floods wiped retired homes successful occidental North Carolina successful the aftermath of Tropical Depression Fred past week, the authorities said.

The hunt for victims of the flash flooding continued successful Haywood County, according to an update posted connected Saturday connected the county’s Facebook page. The remnants of the tropical slump brought much than 10 inches of rainfall to the region connected Tuesday.

All 4 of the radical who died were from Cruso, N.C., wherever homes were swept disconnected their foundations aft the Pigeon River overflowed, officials said. The floodwaters washed distant bridges and blocked roads with piles of debris.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina toured the country connected Thursday and issued a authorities of emergency. “You anticipation you tin find everybody,” Mr. Cooper said during a quality conference. “After a flash flood, it is chaotic.”

Mr. Cooper said that the North Carolina Air National Guard was helping to hunt for victims of the flooding.

County officials estimated that the flood had caused astatine slightest $300 cardinal worthy of harm and destroyed 225 structures successful Cruso and noted that the estimation did not see harm successful the towns of Canton and Clyde.

“When you’re flooded, you truly astir person to commencement each implicit again,” Mr. Cooper said.

On Saturday, officials said that dense instrumentality teams were arriving and starting to region ample piles of debris. They urged residents not to heap debris connected authorities roads, which they said would hamper hunt efforts.

Residents seeking to entree areas wherever the hunt was ongoing would beryllium required to amusement identification, the authorities said.

Emergency responders had initially said connected Wednesday that astatine slightest 30 radical remained unaccounted for successful Haywood County aft the flash flooding. It was not instantly wide connected Sunday however galore remained missing.

Parts of the Southeast were inactive cleaning up aft Fred brought dense rains and respective tornadoes to the portion past week.

In Tennessee connected Saturday, the authorities reported that at slightest 10 radical were dormant and dozens were missing successful catastrophic flash flooding.

Fred came ashore Aug. 16 adjacent Cape San Blas, Fla., arsenic a tropical storm. President Biden aboriginal approved an exigency declaration for 23 Florida counties, and the tempest brought flooding to immoderate areas.

It was the sixth named tempest of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The tempest had antecedently made landfall successful the Dominican Republic and brought dense rainfall to eastbound Cuba and immoderate of the Bahamas.

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