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Officials assess damage from deadly mudslides in NC mountains

SALUDA, N.C. (AP/WNCN) - Officials in the North Carolina mountains county are assessing damage from floods and mudslides in hopes of qualifying for federal disaster aid.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports Polk County crews and engineers with the state Transportation Department were assessing damage to homes, roads and bridges.

One person died in the storms, which dumped up to 6 inches of rain in three hours Friday night.

The mudslides also trapped 30 people in a restaurant when heavy rain caused ground to give way in the area.


Authorities say in the deadly incident, a couple that was trying to escape their home when the mudslide occurred. The husband survived being swept away while the wife was trapped between the house and a carport.

Her body was recovered Saturday morning. Officials haven't released their names.

Officials are asking the public to avoid U.S. 176 in two locations as crews work to clear debris from the roadway in Polk County.

The debris is from mudslides and flooding after heavy rains pounded the county for several hours, Friday night.

Crews will be removing debris from areas on U.S. 76 in Pacolet Valley and also near Holbert Cove Road.

Polk County says the work could carry over into Monday.

During the storm, Interstate 26 was closed for over nine hours due to flooding.

Duke Energy had reported several hundred power outages in Polk, Henderson and Rutherford counties. By Sunday afternoon, power had been restored to all but eight customers.

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