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Heavy rains cause flooding, mudslide in Richmond County

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Heavy rains resulted in a mudslide on U.S. 74 Business, west of Rockingham, late Wednesday. Heavy rains resulted in a mudslide on U.S. 74 Business, west of Rockingham, late Wednesday. Cordova Fire and Rescue

ROCKINGHAM — Heavy rains associated with a cold front moving across the state Wednesday resulted in localized flooding and a mudslide on a major road.

Cordova Fire and Rescue responded to a mudslide of red clay on U.S. 74 Business, just east of the bypass late Wednesday evening, according to Chief Jeremy Chance.

A black SUV ran off the road, but Chance said there were no injuries.

Ellerbe Fire Chief Will Barber said there was also a wreck on the bypass in his department’s jurisdiction with no injuries.

That department also responded to a tree on a power line on Grassy Island Road and there were two flooded areas on Cartledge Creek Road, Barber said.

According to Emergency Services Director Bob Smith, several roads were temporarily closed due to standing water and there were several calls about trees down around the county, but no damage was reported.

The East Rockingham Fire Department responded to two calls of trees on power lines on Aleo 9th Street, according to Chief Bill Bayless; and Northside Chief Ed Causey said a tree had to be cut up that had fallen across Holly Grove Church Road.

Some areas of Richmond County saw more than 2 inches of rain.

Smith said nearly 3 inches of rain was recorded at the Emergency Services Complex off Midway Road.

Hoffman Fire Chief Frank McKay said his home rain gauge in Marston collected 2.79 inches on Wednesday and 1.44 inches the previous day.

According to a rainfall map produced by the National Weather Service office in Raleigh, the Hoffman area received 3-4 inches.

McKay said there was flooding at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Little Road, with water crossing the highway around 6:15 p.m. He also noticed several flooded yards in the area and said the ditches were full from Tilley Street to Caddell Road.

A 24-inch culvert was also washed out on Blues Bridge Road, McKay said.

The Hamlet Fire Department reported no damage.

Several areas of the county were also temporarily left without power.