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2 Confirmed Dead In Charlotte Flooding

Searchers on Saturday found the body of a second victim from the flash flooding that hit the Charlotte area Friday afternoon. The body of 16-year-old Rianna Johnson was found along a swollen creek in southeast Charlotte where her mother's body was found on Friday. Police say the girl and her mother, Gracie Johnson, 43, were fleeing a security guard who caught them shoplifting at a Burlington Coat Factory off East Independence Boulevard. The guard chased them into a creek behind the shopping center. He managed to get out of the creek and told police where he had last seen the victims. Rianna's body was found after a search Saturday morning and afternoon. Friday's thunderstorms dumped as much as six inches of rain on parts of the Charlotte area, including the area north and west of downtown. On Saturday, Red Cross officials announced that they've counted at least 80 homes in Charlotte affected by flooding. The number is expected to grow as the Red Cross continues its assessments today. A half-dozen people driven from their homes stayed at an emergency shelter on Beatties Ford Road Friday night and some remained there Saturday night. The Red Cross is collecting donations to help people affected by the flooding and other disasters. Visit CarolinaPiedmontRegion.org for details.