NC emergency workers warn of rain-swollen rivers

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Emergency workers in western North Carolina are warning of the dangers of being on the rain-swollen rivers.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/1aVkNfb ) the emergency crews in the Asheville area have conducted six swift-water rescue efforts s in the past week.

A Kentucky man drowned last week on the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River in Haywood County.

The Asheville Fire Department has taken part in five swift-water rescues since July 1, most of them on the French Broad River.

Firefighter Kelley Klope says many people do not understand the intensity of rushing water.

Many parts of the western North Carolina mountains have received up to 10 inches of rain in the last week.

A flood warning remains in effect through noon Wednesday for the French Broad River.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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