North Carolina Flooding Leaves 4 Dead and 4 Missing

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U.S.|5 Dead and 1 Missing successful North Carolina Flooding

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred dropped much than 10 inches of rainfall connected Haywood County, N.C. past week, washing distant bridges and blocking roads with piles of debris.

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

Published Aug. 22, 2021Updated Aug. 23, 2021, 4:26 a.m. ET

Five radical were killed aft flash floods wiped retired homes successful occidental North Carolina successful the aftermath of Tropical Depression Fred past week, the authorities said connected Sunday, arsenic rescuers searched for different idiosyncratic who remained missing.

The remnants of the tempest dropped much than 10 inches of rainfall past Tuesday successful Haywood County, N.C., causing the Pigeon River to overflow, washing distant bridges and blocking roads with piles of debris.

All 5 of the radical who died were from Cruso, N.C., wherever homes were swept disconnected their foundations, the Haywood County government said connected Sunday evening.

County officials person 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.

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina toured the country past Thursday and issued a authorities of emergency. “When you’re flooded, you truly astir person to commencement each implicit again,” helium said.

Other parts of the Southeast are besides cleaning up from the dense rains — and, successful a fewer places, tornadoes — that Fred brought to the portion past week.

In Tennessee, astatine slightest 22 radical were killed, including duplicate 7-month-olds, erstwhile catastrophic flash floods swept done agrarian communities astir 90 minutes westbound of Nashville connected Saturday, the authorities said. At slightest 2 twelve others remained missing arsenic of aboriginal Monday morning.

“It is simply a devastating representation of nonaccomplishment and heartache,” Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee said astatine a quality league connected Sunday night.

Though nary 1 peculiar tempest tin beryllium straight attributed to clime alteration without further analysis, Fred it fits a wide pattern. Warm aerial tin clasp much moisture, resulting successful heavier rainstorms.

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.

Mike Ives contributed reporting.

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