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Bridge collapses just feet away from TV reporter amid flash flooding in North Carolina

A North Carolina news crew almost plummeted off a bridge after it collapsed during dangerous flash flooding that has killed at least four people and left three missing.

Parts of the Tar Heel state experienced torrential downpours and as much as 10 inches of rain inundated roadways on Thursday. 

The heavy rain came as Tropical Storm Eta spiraled away from Florida towards the Atlantic Ocean, but left behind tropical moisture that mixed with a cold front to produce flash flooding.

In one scary incident, Fox46 reporter Amber Roberts and photojournalist Jonathan Monte were forced to flee as a bridge in Alexander County collapsed live on-air.

Fox46 reporter Amber Roberts and photojournalist Jonathan Monte were caught in a scary moment on Thursday when a bridge collapsed in Alexander County

Fox46 reporter Amber Roberts and photojournalist Jonathan Monte were caught in a scary moment on Thursday when a bridge collapsed in Alexander County 

Footage begins with Roberts reporting on the flash flooding near the Hiddenite Bridge when it suddenly ruptured in half.

‘This is incredibly scary!’ Roberts yells as the bridge’s concrete and stone crumble into the rushing water underneath.

A woman who witnessed the collapse turns around in the distance and makes a made dash for safety.

‘Live on TV we saw the road collapse.’ Roberts says. ‘The same road we were just standing on, so thank god we’re backing up and we’re slowly going off of the bridge.’  

Roberts and Monte were able to get to safety and were not injured in the incident.

Both Amber Roberts and Jonathan Monte escaped to safety after the bridge collapsed in Alexander County

Both Amber Roberts and Jonathan Monte escaped to safety after the bridge collapsed in Alexander County

Some parts of North Carolina on Thursday saw as much as 10 inches of rain after a moisture from Tropical Storm Eta mixed with a cold front

Some parts of North Carolina on Thursday saw as much as 10 inches of rain after a moisture from Tropical Storm Eta mixed with a cold front 

Firefighters with the Winston-Salem Fire Department evacuate residents at Creekwood Apartments as flood waters rise on Thursday

Firefighters with the Winston-Salem Fire Department evacuate residents at Creekwood Apartments as flood waters rise on Thursday

Meanwhile, at least four people are dead and three are missing as local authorities work to navigate the flooding.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office revealed on Thursday afternoon that the body of an 11-year-old-child was found in Rolesville. 

Witnesses said the child was playing near an overflowing creek when he drowned.

At Hiddenite Family Campground in Alexander County, authorities located three deceased bodies as they evacuated 33 people when the South Yadkin River overflowed.

One of the dead bodies was discovered in a camper. 

Firefighters with the Winston-Salem Fire Department arrive at Creekwood Apartments to assist with evacuations due to flooding on Thursday

Firefighters with the Winston-Salem Fire Department arrive at Creekwood Apartments to assist with evacuations due to flooding on Thursday

The Charlotte Fire Department announced that 143 students and staff were removed from the premises and water levels rose

The Charlotte Fire Department announced that 143 students and staff were removed from the premises and water levels rose

A search in the area continued Thursday evening for one adult and a one-year-old child.

In addition to the campground, a motorist traveling near Hopewell Church Road in the Vashti community died in a car crash due to a bridge outage and high water.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased and missing people’s identities have not been disclosed by authorities. 

The search will continue at 8am on Friday.    

‘Just massive amounts of flooding,’ Doug Gillespie, Alexander County director of public services, told Associated Press.

‘We’ve had approximately 50 roads across the county (which) have been compromised. Four bridges have been washed away.’ 

Pictured: Flooding in Iredell County, North Carolina

Pictured: Flooding in Iredell County, North Carolina

Pictured: Images shared by the Iredell Fire Department showed flooding in the area on Thursday 

A member of the Winston-Salem Fire Department's water rescue team unzips the life jacket worn by Isabella Molina's (right), 5, after bringing her from an apartment complex to drier land Thursday,

A member of the Winston-Salem Fire Department’s water rescue team unzips the life jacket worn by Isabella Molina’s (right), 5, after bringing her from an apartment complex to drier land Thursday,

 In Charlotte, where rainfall left more than 4.5 inches of rain in under six hours, the flooding caused charter school to evacuate. 

The Charlotte Fire Department announced that 143 students and staff were removed from the premises and water levels rose. 

Images taken from the charter school showed parked vehicles surrounded by murky water completely trapping cars.

Winston-Salem Journal reports that an additional 38 people were evacuated from Colonial Estates apartments, where nearby Mill Creek overflowed.

More than 35 people were saved in Mecklenburg County, and widespread damage was reported in Iredell County.

‘Even though the rain has stopped falling, the flood waters will continue to rise. Water will have to come downsteam and eventually in our area,’ wrote Iredell authorities.  

Iredell authorities reported multiple roadways were washed out, traffic accidents, flooding and even several cows found wandering in flood waters. 

The Winston-Salem Fire Department's water rescue team helps residents to drier land at an apartment complex Thursday

The Winston-Salem Fire Department’s water rescue team helps residents to drier land at an apartment complex Thursday

A total of 8.6 inches of rain fell in Rocky Mount, while 7.66 inches landed in Wilson.

Much of North Carolina remains under flash flood warnings. Flash flood watches have been placed along the mid-Atlantic coast from South Carolina to Virginia. 

Numerous roadways were blocked by high water and debris, which caused damage that will take a while to fix.

‘This is not going to be a two-day fix, a two-week fix,’ Gillespie told Associated Press. ‘It will be a months-to-a-year fix.’

Weather officials said the worst of the rainfall would leave the area after Thursday, but flooding would remain a problem.

Fortunately, any rainfall over the next few days will be light and allow for some of the floodwaters to dry.      

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