Weekend Rainfall Continues To Cause Flooding In Western Carolina

Buildings and cars are submerged in the Gaston County town of Cramerton in the area's worst flooding in 70 years.

The weekend's massive rainfall in western North Carolina is continuing to cause havoc.

The National Weather Service says South Fork Catawba River crested at more than 17 feet at 4:45 a.m. Monday. That's more than seven feet above flood stage. It's the second-highest recorded level ever. The first was in August 1940.

Meteorologist Jake Wimberley says water levels are dropping but are expected to remain above flood stage into Tuesday.

Parts of Catawba, Lincoln and Cleveland received up to a foot of rain Saturday as a result of a slow-moving rain system.

The resulting flash floods were blamed for two deaths in Caldwell County.


North Carolina rescuers are searching for a man swept away in a rain-swollen creek after recovering the body of a 10-year-old girl who had been swimming with him.

Caldwell County spokeswoman LouAnn Kincaid said Sunday a 48-year-old man from Charlotte was missing in Wilson Creek nearly 100 miles north of Charlotte. Kincaid said the man and the 10-year-old girl whose body was recovered Saturday evening were members of different families who had come from Charlotte to relax and swim in the Appalachian foothills creek.

Downstream in Catawba County, spokesman Jim Dickerson said crews were checking out reports that 130 homes and other buildings were damaged by a slow-moving rain system that dumped up to a foot of rain Saturday in some parts of Catawba, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.