Remnants of Hurricane Danny dumped 6 inches of rain on south-central North Carolina overnight, sending creeks surging out of their banks and forcing evacuation of dozens of homes.
Workers used boats to rescue 22 people from flooded homes in a small residential area along Sugar Creek, said Capt. Tim Rogers of the city's fire department.
"Everyone in these homes was in peril at one point. The water started to come up real fast, but fortunately we were ahead of the game."
The slow-moving Danny caused widespread flooding as it crossed into southern Mississippi and Alabama. Damage in Alabama's Mobile and Baldwin counties alone was expected to hit $60 million to $80 million, not counting crop losses.
As the storm slowly moved eastward, flash flooding warnings were posted today in Georgia and the Carolinas.