Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

NC baby missing after mother ‘loses grip’ in Florence floodwaters

NC baby missing after mother ‘loses grip’ in Florence floodwaters

The Union County Sheriff's Office identified the boy on its Facebook page Monday as Kaiden Lee-Welch.

A one-year-old boy has been found dead after he was swept out of his mother's arms by Hurricane Florence's raging floodwaters in North Carolina. The department says the boy's mother was traveling east on state highway 218 near the town of Wadesboro when she drove through barricades. Her vehicle left the road and came to rest among a group of trees. But the waters were deep, and Underwood said the woman lost her grip and her son was swept away.

Although she was able to free Kaiden from his auto seat and escape the flooded vehicle, the powerful waters pulled the baby from his mother's grasp and swept him away.

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Ms Lee said that she had driven down a flooded road, around barriers which had been partially moved, making her believe that the way was passable. That's when her vehicle was swept off the road.

"Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina ... but we're also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to OH as the system exits out", Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Sunday on Fox News, according to The Associated Press.

Florence was still dumping rain and had top winds around 30 miles per hour early Monday, but forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast.

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