Boone, NC - Firefighters rescued people from flooding in Boone after severe weather passed through much of the Southeast Wednesday.
Residents said the flooding began after dark. Cars were stranded in the sudden rising waters.
A leaking propane tank spraying gas added another obstacle for rescuers as it sat with other tanks in a flooded parking lot near homes. Firefighters said they were able to stop the flow of gas as the water receded.
In a news release emergency officials in Watauga County said they received 225 telephone calls into the Boone 911 Communications Center, resulting in 46 calls for service. Out of those calls there were 19 water rescue incidents with a total of 46 people being removed from harm, 1 hazardous materials incident and one structure fire.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the Boone Fire Department said there were mudslides on several roads. The Charlotte Observer said more than 100 people in Watauga County stayed in shelters. Flooding was also reported in Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Mitchell, Buncome, Henderson, Jackson and Swain counties.