East Coast Cleans Up After Record Rainfall

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Residents along the East Coast will spend the weekend cleaning up after record rainfall this week. Any fears of drought after a long, hot summer have been washed away.

Some regions received more rain in a few hours than they typically receive over the course of several months.

In Wilmington, N.C., more than 22 inches of rain fell over five days. Also in Jacksonville, N.C., 12 inches of rain in six hours made up nearly a quarter of the city's typical rainfall for the year.

A family of four was killed in the central part of the Tarheel State when their vehicle skidded off a rain-slicked highway and plunged into a flooded ditch.

Another driver is believed to have drowned when his truck plunged into a swollen river.

In Washington, D.C., a family was rescued from their vehicle after it started filling with water on a flooded street.

The long hot summer that saw some parts of the country receive very little rain has come to a soaking wet conclusion. Residents who just days ago complained of dry, cracked lawns, now have waterfront property.

One man's Maryland tire business is underwater.

"It was just fast," said Antwon Beverly, who's business was flooded. "I mean, we had not time to really pull some of the vehicles out. We did what we could do."

Strong winds are expected to follow the rains that have settled into the northeast on Friday.

The effects of the storm will likely be felt for the next several days as streams and rivers swell to carry away all the rain water.

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Jennifer Wishon

Jennifer Wishon

CBN News White House Correspondent

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