Parts Of North Carolina Are Underwater As Deadly Floods Sweep Through The State

Parts of North Carolina are under flood warning after a monster storm system drenched the state with the worst rainfall since Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Raleigh was hit particularly hard. More than eight inches of rain had fallen in the city area by the early hours of Tuesday. Power outages swept the state in the wake of the storm, but most residents had regained electricity by Wednesday morning.

Firefighters have been using inflatable rafts to rescue residents residents and household pets stranded in homes and apartments in the city. Vehicles have also been stranded in the roads due to rising water levels.

The downstream waters of the Neuse River near Clayton and Smithfield have surged to dangerous levels, and land along the Tar River in Tarboro and Greenville is also being watched as a potential flood zone.

A body was found early Wednesday morning in the flood water produced by the Neuse River in Smithfield. It’s not yet clear if the death was related to the storm. In the town of Monroe, the surging water has led to sewage spillage in the roads. Around 5,000 gallons of sewage has spilled so far, but officials have the problem under control and no major health hazards as a result of the spill have been reported.

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Check out this video from CBS This Morning for a look at the damage:

Our thoughts are with those affected by this flooding. Stay safe out there!