3 rescued after being trapped on SUV in Fayetteville flooding


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — After nearly 15 inches of rain fell in Fayetteville on Saturday from Hurricane Matthew a water rescue took place in downtown on Saturday evening.

Two men and a woman were trapped on top of their vehicle in downtown around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday

RELATED: 3 dead, 4 missing as Hurricane Matthew hits NC with record flooding, high winds

The trio were waiting on top of what appeared to be a Ford SUV for a boat or high vehicle to come rescue them.

As of 7 p.m., rescue crews were on the scene nearby and a boat arrived around 7:08 to try to rescue the trio from the rushing waters.

By 7:30 p.m., a boat came near the SUV and they all got in and were safe.

In Fayetteville overall, emergency first-responders confirmed four people are unaccounted for in the city due to high water.

As of 9 p.m., there were 96 swift water rescues and 424 people have been rescued in Cumberland County.

At 9 p.m. there are 500 service calls pending for fire/emergency services and those calls are prioritized based upon life-threatening needs.

Weather officials said just before 4 p.m. Saturday that 13.4 inches of rain had fallen at the Fayetteville Airport in the last 24 hours.

Also, Fayetteville had the highest winds in the region with a 62 mph gust clocked around 3 p.m. Saturday.

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