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Neighbors Grateful for Rescue Crews

Residents rescued after rain floods neighborhood
CESSNA, BEDFORD COUNTY - The rain continued Thursday in Bedford County after storms rolled through Wednesday night. Rescue crews spent most of their morning taking people from their home, making sure they were safe.
 
Mary McCutcheon and her husband Lynn were pulled from their home Thursday morning, after flood waters trapped them inside.
 
"Our house is up on stilts so we weren’t' worried about water getting in the house, we were just worried about not being able to get out," said McCutcheon.
 
Just a few houses down, Gregory Edwards and his sister Bailey were also trapped and surrounded by water, just waiting for rescue crews to get to them.
 
"Really thankful, because if we'd have been in there the rest of the day, it'd have been in the house and we couldn't get out or anything like that," said Edwards.
 
Rescue crews, from both Bedford and Blair counties had to help nearly a dozen people who lived in the Sunshine Beach Colony get out of their homes.
 
The rain came down over night, catching residents off guard when they work up this morning.
 
"When we went to bed last night, the water wasn't up at all. Then surprisingly this morning at six o'clock, we didn't have a yard we had a pond," said McCutheon.
 
The McCutcheon's and their neighbors are used to flooding, but said it's never been this bad.
 
Grace Gindlesperger said her cabin is up for sale, but doesn't know what she's going to do now other than wait for the water to go down to assess the damage.
 
"Look around and know all your neighbors and know how beautiful of a place it was and to see this muddy, awful water,” said Gindlesperger. “It’s just devastating."
 
The McCutcheon's said they are just so thankful for rescue crews who put their lives on the line to make sure they were safe.

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