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Firefighters rescued Lincoln County residents from flood waters during Friday storm

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Winds, rain and intense lightning pounded Lincoln County Friday evening, with residents on the eastern end experiencing the bulk of the area’s rising water levels.
The county’s Communications Center said a majority of the storm’s flooding took place along N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 in Denver.
Firefighters with East Lincoln Fire Department said they responded to 13 calls, 11 of which were water rescues.
The first call came in at 8:05 p.m., and crews didn’t settle back into their station until close to 1 a.m., they said.
All the water rescues involved individuals who were stuck in their vehicles.
One rescue each took place off Yacht Club Drive and North Little Egypt Road, while most of the incidents occurred at a Food Lion complex on N.C. 16, East Lincoln Fire Department said.
No one was injured in the incidents.
Rainy conditions also resulted in a minimal number of county wrecksFriday evening.
Only eight crashes took place between 5 p.m. and 12 a.m. and were located in various places throughout the area, none of which included serious injuries, according to troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Newton district office.
Lincolnton Police responded to two wrecks, one of which included an overturned truck at the corner of South Aspen Street and Jonas Drive.

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