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"I remember it was a heavy, intense, unrelenting rain," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark about the July 2013 floods in Catawba County. "We had a swift water rescue here in Newton after a gentlemen was washed off a bridge. He was rescued, but it was very terrifying for him. I remember a family whose home was on Old Conover Startown Road and they couldn't do anything but sit and watch their house be flooded as the waters rose on the side of the house. They were in tears â€” that was very hard to watch."
To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.