Rutherford County Swift Water Teams Rescue Those In Rising Waters

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The Rutherford County Fire and Rescue swift water rescue teams continue to help South Carolina residents as flood waters rise.

The death toll continues to rise with 25 in North Carolina, 6 in South Carolina and 1 in Virginia.

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CBS News reports that South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's flight to observe flooding conditions in the northeastern part of the state, turned into a rescue mission after the governor spotted a pair stranded on top of a flooded vehicle. That is the area in which this community's swift water rescue teams are working.

Governor McMaster asked Guardsmen to land the chopper to observe the rescue. On the ground, he watched as the two people safely got into a rescue boat and flashed him a thumbs up.

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McMaster says officials in this area have told him local water sources in this area are nearly 10 inches higher than normal. Officials expect as much as a foot more as river basins absorb more water flowing into the state from North Carolina following Florence's torrential rains.

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