Asheville crews rush to rescue two people from flood waters

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At around 9 a.m. Thursday morning, rescue crews were called to an encampment off Swannanoa River Road in Asheville where two people had to be rescued from rushing flood waters.

The Asheville Fire Department says it did take them some time to be able to reach the people but they were able to get them out of the area safely.

“The river is very very high right now, it’s actually flooding different parts of the street. It actually engulfed part of this homeless encampment," says Asheville Fire’s Kelley Klope. "It was definitely challenging. There's a lot of debris upstream, upriver, and so we had to maneuver around all that. We were not able to ferry downstream, because of debris and because of the rise in the river."

An Asheville Fire spokesperson says this isn’t the first time they’ve rescued someone from this area, they rescued people from there as recently as Hurricane Florence.

Officials are asking residents to please avoid any flooded roads and follow road closure signs.