2 mental health patients drown as deputies rescued

Two female mental patients chained in the back of a county sheriff's van drowned when the vehicle in which they were traveling was overcome by floodwaters, police said.
1:53 | 09/19/18

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We now turn to the rising death hole after hurricane Florence overnight we learned that a jail transportation ban was overtaken by floodwaters in South Carolina. Killing two people locked inside the van. At least 37 deaths are now being blamed on the storm in this morning a major river in north Carolina's cresting. President trump is visiting the state today to tour the damage and ABC's annaly row continues our coverage there from Wilmington. Finally been there for over a week now good morning. Good morning to name you can believe it some other rivers here in North Carolina still have not crested. Any governor of this state is pleading with more than 101000 evacuees for then can not come home just yet. The water rescues in North Carolina king TV this morning Coast Guard crews airlifting families and their pets to safety we've never thing I had this before we. Never sing that they like this before. As rivers well even higher after Florence dumped more than eight trio being gallons of water. Officials now forced to close bridge is in Fayetteville leaving even longtime residents Stellent. It I've been through quite a few this is probably the worst rain event that I've seen in Wilmington lines stretched around the block. People waiting for hours for food and water just. Drops don't like water. As others returned to their homes to survey the damage she retrieved basically. Press. Jacksonville resident Michael White losing everything they're. Please. Isn't this is doing what some positive source books what is. And another tragedy yesterday in South Carolina deputies were transporting two women who were in custody where mental health patients. When flood waters overtook that of the and they were riding with. And that it writing in rather and his deputies were unable to get the women out in time.

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