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Local towns still coping with flooding from Andrea

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Some communities in eastern North Carolina are struggling with flooding days after Tropical Storm Andrea dumped record-breaking rainfall.

Residents in the Moore County town of Vass were being rescued Sunday from homes surrounded by water after a nearby lake swelled with 4 to 6 inches of rain.

"I didn't know it was going to get this high. We had just made plans to get what we could out of the house." Vass resident Linda Carneal said. "The house is surrounded in water. We may lose everything in the house but at least we got our lives."

Crains Creek Fire Chief Kenneth Mackey says more than a dozen residents were taken from their homes by boat Saturday night.

"All down these roads, there's just water everywhere. Like the whole town is under water," Vass resident Ashley Lafever said.

Officials further north in Rocky Mount said Sunday they're cleaning up after sewer lines backed up in two locations on Friday during the height of Andrea's rainfall. One dumped nearly 5,000 gallons into the Tar River and a second released 2,400 gallons into a Creek.

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was blamed for one traffic-related death in Virginia.

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