A body was found in a swollen river after widespread flooding in North Carolina. The unidentified body was found on Tuesday in the Neuse River in Smithfield, a town located near Raleigh. A maintenance crew working to remove debris at a bridge that crosses the Neuse River discovered the body, and late Tuesday afternoon, the body was recovered. It is not yet known if the person’s death was related to the storms and flooding that hit the Carolines on Monday going into Tuesday. The exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the state medical examiner.
According to the Miami Herald, in an email, Smithfield town spokesman, Tim Kerigan, said recovery of the body was delayed until Tuesday afternoon “because of fast-moving water.” No further details were released by either Kerigan or State Department of Transportation spokesman Robert Broome, whose maintenance crew found the dead body.
The Weather Channel reported that a large storm that swept through North Carolina caused “widespread flash flooding.” The flooding stranded vehicles, resulted in over 100 roads closing, and businesses and houses getting swamped. By Tuesday afternoon, some of the roads that had been closed were reopened.
According to Fox News, Battalion Chief Jeff Harrison told the AP that two people and a dog stranded in a residence were rescued by firefighters using an inflatable raft. Four others were rescued from an apartment that was flooded.
According to The Weather Channel, since Monday morning, the torrential downpour caused Crabtree Creek to rise by more than 17 feet in roughly a day. Floodwater from the creek entered businesses and homes in the area. The creek leveled off just over two feet under its record crest.
The flooding also resulted in school officials closing College Academy and Vernon Malone Career. The Raleigh News & Observer, according to The Weather Channel, reported that students from those two schools were evacuated by authorities and taken to the Southeast Raleigh High School. At 10 a.m., students there were dismissed.
According to The Weather Channel, the AP reported that on Tuesday morning, there were still nearly “2,700 Duke Energy customers” who did not have power, due to the storm. Around half of those customers lived in Raleigh or near to the city. Fox News reported that by the afternoon, Duke Energy said that just 1,000 customers were still out of power in North and South Carolina.
The amount of rain recorded on Monday, April 24, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport set a new all-time record for the month of April. Records have been kept for 130 years, and this April has been the wettest one yet in Raleigh. The previous record was set back in 1895.
Some areas of the city and other locations in central and eastern North Carolina picked up over eight inches of rain since Monday morning. There was more rain reported in the metro area of Raleigh on Monday than the area saw from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, though the southern part of North Carolina received more rain from Matthew.
Though the rain finally ended by Tuesday morning, according to Fox News, flood warnings for the areas heaviest hit by the storm “remain in effect.” Fox News reported that, according to rain gauges, it is possible that numerous rivers “will crest above flood stage.” According to the Miami Herald, the levels that the rivers might crest at will be “below the levels caused by Matthew.”
On Monday and into early Tuesday morning, the storm that swept through North and South Carolina caused widespread flooding, road and school closures, and storm damage, and an unidentified body was found floating in the Neuse River in Smithfield by a maintenance crew cleaning debris from the swollen Neuse River. Many parts of North Carolina got eight or more inches of rain, making this April the wettest April in the state since records started being kept 130 years ago.
By John Samuels
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