North Carolina floods trigger housing collapse, two people missing

Flooding led to a collapse in the Heaven mountains in North Carolina.

(Boone Police)

Rescue teams were looking Wednesday night for two persons who disappeared after a house collapsed in North Carolina as a result of extreme flooding and mudslides from the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto.

The Boone Police Department tweeted that crews were on the scene of a collapse in the Heaven Mountain of the Area after two people were missing in the collapse site.

Boone Fire-on-scene in the Sky of the Mountain Area on a structure collapse as a result of the weather. Two persons reported in the structure at the time of the collapse. Search and rescue-option to the corridor. USAR team from Asheville-and-route. Updates are available on 828-412-0542.

— Boone NC Police Dept (@boonepolice) 30 May 2018

Multiple emergency services in the surrounding county responded to the scene and the police said that the U.S. Army Reserves in Asheville were on their way.

BFD incident.

— Boone NC Police Dept (@boonepolice) 31-May-2018

Search and rescue teams continued to search Wednesday late in the night.

Some parts of the North Carolina mountains have received up to 20 inches of rain in the past 15 days.

A TV news anchor and a photojournalist were killed Monday in North Carolina, while the coverage of the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked soil, and fell on their SUV, authorities said. WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, said news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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