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By Ailan Evans
Daily Caller News Foundation

Over 30 people are missing in North Carolina after severe flooding and power outages caused by Tropical Storm Fred have ravaged parts of the state.

In Haywood County, 35 people were reported missing and 10 to 15 bridges severely damaged, the county’s emergency services officials announced Wednesday night. Aerial and water rescue missions were dispatched to the hardest hit areas, and engineering teams were sent in to assess the damage and construct temporary bridges, according to the county.

Drone footage of the destructive flash flood in Balsam Grove, North Carolina after double digit rainfall totals in the headwaters of the North Fork French Broad River https://t.co/GHA0Nnb7uo @accuweather #Fred pic.twitter.com/POka0StHB8

— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) August 18, 2021

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency Wednesday evening in response to Tropical Storm Fred, activating emergency operations plans.

“Approximately 250 public safety personnel are conducting rescue operations by boat and aircraft,” Cooper said in a Twitter statement Wednesday. “Haywood and Transylvania counties were especially hit hard last night, seeing as much as 12 inches of rain.”

More than 50,000 people lost power and 98 people were rescued, according to Cooper. Video footage shows houses and cars submerged in floodwaters.

🚨 VIDEO: Home swept away in floodwaters near Asheville North Carolina @WRAL #floods #weather #NorthCarolina pi

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