News Month of rain in a day: Parts of Southeast deal with flooding, high water rescuesJohn Bacon•Pence tours Oklahoma flood damage, pledges help Roads became rivers, high-water rescues were underway, and states of emergency were being declared in parts of the Southeast on Sunday after more than a month of rain fell in a day with more on the way.”The same storm system that linked up with tropical moisture and dumped more than a foot of rain in portions of the south-central United States is crawling eastward,” AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff said.Flooding that brought havoc to Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states over the last two weeks was sweeping east, threatening metro areas such as Atlanta; Nashville, Tennessee; Tallahassee, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; and Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina, AccuWeather said.Thirty miles south of Atlanta, Amy Byars said her neighborhood on Lake Peachtree appeared to have been absorbed into the lake.”You could’ve ridden a boat through there,” Byars told WSB-TV. „There were ducks in their yards. We got to higher ground because I wasn’t going to risk my life.”The rains that rolled into the region will linger at least until Monday. Some areas could get a foot of rain, double or even triple the normal rainfall for June, AccuWeather said.Parts of central Georgia saw six inches of rain in a 24-hour period that ended early Sunday, and up to two more inches is possible, the National Weather Service reported.”Flooding along rivers already out of their banks could become worse,” the National Weather Service warned.Athens, home to the University of Georgia, reported 1.59 inches of rain in one hour; nearly an inch of that fell in 20 minutes. Mayor Kelly Girtz said some residents have emailed him photos of yards that have turned to ponds.”It is always challenging when so much rain falls so quickly,” he told USA TODAY. „Athens is like many towns with older areas supported by infrastructure built prior to contemporary standards, so the volume of water we have experienced has overwhelmed some neighborhoods.”The weather forced some vendors to fold their tents at the city’s iconic Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Fest, which draws thousands to the historic African American business district. Musical acts were driven indoors at Saturday’s fest.More: Louisiana: One dead amid flooding, heavy rains and reported tornadoesMore: Earthquake, flood, hurricane: Google Maps adds tools to help you navigate “I’m sure they’re kind of bummed about it, not having the stage,” Montu Miller, stage manager of secular music for the festival, told the Athens Banner-Herald. „There’s a lot of things we can control, but the weather’s not one of them.”In North Carolina, Catawba County declared a state of emergency Sunday, citing heavy rain that began Friday and is expected to continue for several more days.”The excessive rainfall has resulted in numerous water rescues, severe flooding, infrastructure damage, hazardous travel conditions and the potential for widespread power outages,” the county warned.
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APTOPIX Crane Collapse Texas
DALLAS (AP) — A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm toppled on a Dallas apartment building Sunday, killing one woman in the building and injuring five other people, two of them critically, a fire official said.
Crews searching the Elan City Lights building found the body of a woman inside after the crane collapsed and ripped a large gash into the side of the five-story structure, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said during a press briefing.
„The building itself has suffered multiple collapses in different areas of the building to include residential spaces and the parking garage,” Evans said.
Of those injured, two were listed in critical condition, two suffered serious injuries and one suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from a hospital, Evans said. Earlier, he had said that six people were injured but said the figure would likely change.
First responders searched every apartment they could reach and found no other victims, Evans said. He also said that every resident of an apartment damaged by the crane was either out at the time or was among those taken to hospitals.
Crews were called to the site of the collapse just before 2 p.m., after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Dallas/Fort Worth area and warned of winds up to 70 mph (113 kph). Evans said the reason the crane fell is unknown but there is a „strong possibility” that the winds „played some role in the collapse.”
Across Dallas the storm felled mature trees and knocked out power Sunday, leaving many areas without working traffic lights.
Isaiah Allen told the Dallas Morning News he was in his apartment when he heard what he thought was a deafening thunderclap. „I saw that the crane had actually fell straight through the building and had destroyed a good eight to 10 apartments and so there’s like floors and stuff falling through,” he said.
Allen told the paper he saw a bloodied woman trapped in her apartment on the second floor.
Yesenia Bosquez’s family had moved into their top-floor apartment just two weeks ago. She returned from a shopping trip to find her apartment, where she’d left her husband, Jay, to recover from a shoulder injury, crushed by the twisted metal.
It took about 30 minutes for authorities to tell her that her husband had been rescued alive and had been holding their dog while medics worked on his injuries.
„It felt like a year,” Bosquez said.
Video shows that the downed crane ripped a large hole in the east side of the building and landed on an adjacent parking garage.
The company that owned the crane, Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., said in a statement it was mobilizing personnel to the site to find out more about the crane collapse and would cooperate with any investigation.
Evans said „every single level of the parking garage in part has collapsed” and that multiple vehicles were damaged. He said he was not sure if anybody was in the garage at the time of the collapse.
Rescue personnel used dogs to try to find people who might be trapped inside the rubble.
Hungary Boat Accident
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Latest on the fatal Danube River boating accident in Hungary’s capital (all times local):
Hungarian rescue officials say attempts to raise a sunken tour boat from the Danube River floor following the accident that caused at least 19 deaths are unlikely to happen before Tuesday.
A spokesman for the rescue team, Nandor Jasenszky, said Saturday that divers would continue installing harnesses under the boat during the next 48 to 72 hours to prepare it to be raised.
The Hableany (Mermaid) capsized and sank in around seven seconds on May 29 after colliding with a river cruise ship.
Most of the 19 people who died were South Korean tourists, and nine of the 35 people who were onboard the boat are still missing. Seven South Koreans were rescued.
The captain of the Viking Sigyn cruise ship is under arrest, suspected of endangering water transport leading to a deadly mass accident.
Police say that during repeated questioning, the 64-year-old Ukrainian has refused to provide details about the nighttime collision.
Hungarian police say they have questioned 230 people and 66 witnesses over the deadly Danube River boat collision that killed 18 South Korean tourists.
They also said Saturday that the captain of a cruise ship that collided May 29 with the sightseeing boat carrying the tourists did not reveal details of the incident during questioning.
The tour boat sank within seconds after the collision in downtown Budapest. A Hungarian crewman also died, nine others are still missing and seven South Koreans were rescued.
A huge floating crane arrived Friday to Margit Bridge, where the Hableany (Mermaid) lies some nine meters (29 ½ feet) below the surface, as Hungarian and Korean divers prepared the boat to be raised.
The Danube’s high water levels have hindered recovery efforts.