150 rescued from small South Carolina town after Hurricane Matthew flooding


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) –  Rescue workers saved 150 people from the third floor of town hall after rising flood waters swamped a tiny South Carolina town.

Resident Kathy Finger said the water in the Lumber River near Nichols started to rapidly rise Sunday night, more than a day after Hurricane Matthew dumped 15 inches of rain in nearby Mullins. Finger called 911 around 10 p.m. Sunday when water reached her knees. She was moved to the town hall, where she and about 150 people had to wait overnight for the South Carolina National Guard and the state Department of Natural Resources to rescue them. Finger says with the power out in Nichols, residents didn’t get any warnings about the rising water.


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