1-year-old dies in Florence raging water
The authorities in North-Carolina to restore the body of Kaiden Lee-Welch, after he was torn from his mother’s arms by the rushing waters; Jonathan Hunt reports.
Rescue crew members on Monday the body of a 1-year-old boy who was swept away a day earlier by floodwaters in storm-ravaged North Carolina, the officials said.
Kaiden Lee-Welch became the latest victim of Florence, the Union County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 46 Charlotte.
“God is just watching him and God is just taking care of him now,” his mother said. #FlorenceNC https://t.co/sb1WSawxnY
— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) September 18, 2018
The mother of the boy, Dazia Lee, was rescued after she lost her grip on her child to the flowing water, in Monroe, N. C., authorities said, according to the report.
“I could not more, and he let you go,” Lee told Fox 46.
Union County sheriff’s detectives said the mother and child were traveling eastbound when she drove away, barricades, Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reported.
The mother continued driving until her vehicle came pouring water flowing over the road, officials said. Her car of the road, but eventually stopped at some trees, they said, to the station.
“You start to panic, you start to freak, you think you’re sinking fast. Everything just happened too fast.”
– Dazia Lee, mother of a son, Kaiden Lee-Welch
“I was aquaplaning. I tried everything I could and it was even worse when the water gets in your car. You start to panic, you start to freak, you think you’re sinking fast. Everything just happened too fast,” Lee told WSOC-TV.
She said that they live in Charlotte, but were in Union County to visit family, according to the report.
“When the water came in I tried to calm my son. He was in the war, that is all he was. He was just confused, but I told him that is good, do not panic, even though I was in a panic, I told him, don’t panic,” Lee told the station.
Although Florence is weakened by the hurricane force came from the Atlantic last week with the storm still had a devastating impact, causing a lot of wind, heavy rainfall and heavy flooding.
At least two of the Florence-related deaths occurred Tuesday night. Two female psychiatric patients held for medical transport drowned when a sheriff ‘s department was swept up in a rising South Carolina water, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office said.
The two “prisoners”) and two representatives in the car when he was overtaken by water.
Rescue operations continue amid the devastation caused by Florence
Brooke Holden, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the deputies tried to get the prisoners out, but could not open the doors. High-water rescue teams plucked the representatives of the top of the van.
JUST IN: the Official release of Horry County after two inmates died when the transport was overtaken by floods. #florence pic.twitter.com/OhImI5wlkP
— Cody Alcorn (@CodyAlcorn) September 19, 2018
“They tried to negotiate by means of fast flowing water, and it’s just not working out,” Jerry Richardson, Marion County Coroner, said.
Horry County Deputy Tom Fox told WPDE-TV Florence, S. C., that the victims were in the mental health of the patients who are transported from one facility to the other. He said that there is a constant state of the police.
Forecasters predict some rivers in the northeastern part of the state would not be able to reach their highest levels until later this week or next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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