FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — After nearly 15 inches of rain fell in Fayetteville on Saturday from Hurricane Matthew a water rescue took place in downtown on Saturday evening.
Two men and a woman were trapped on top of their vehicle in downtown around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday
The trio were waiting on top of what appeared to be a Ford SUV for a boat or high vehicle to come rescue them.
As of 7 p.m., rescue crews were on the scene nearby and a boat arrived around eight minutes later to try to rescue the trio from the rushing waters.
By 7:30 p.m., a boat came near the SUV and they all got in and were safe.
In Fayetteville overall, emergency first-responders confirmed four people are unaccounted for in the city due to high water.
As of 9 p.m., there were 96 swift water rescues and 424 people have been rescued in Cumberland County.
There are 500 service calls pending for fire/emergency services and those calls are prioritized based upon life-threatening needs.
Weather officials said just before 4 p.m. Saturday that 13.4 inches of rain had fallen at the Fayetteville Airport in the last 24 hours.
Also, Fayetteville had the highest winds in the region with a 62 mph gust clocked around 3 p.m. Saturday.