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Heavy Rain In NC Mountains Triggers Mudslide That Killed 1

TRYON, N.C. — At least one resident of the North Carolina mountains is dead after heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding.

Polk County Manager Marche Pittman said Saturday that searchers have recovered the body of a woman whose home was crushed by a mudslide in an area of rolling hills near the town of Tryon. The area is along the South Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.

Pittman says searchers are checking whether mudslides have damaged other structures, but flooding made some areas are impassible.

North Carolina highway authorities say Interstate 26 was closed for about seven hours overnight until water flooding the highway receded.

Pittman says the area has seen rain off and on for most of the past week before heavy rain hit Friday evening.