Family Loses Pet in Overnight Flooding

Overnight, Melissa Seekford said she was sleeping and it was just like any other night, until 4 a.m.

"I heard the dog bark. He barked one time and I could tell that it was a 'I need help' bark," said Seekford.

Large amounts of rain caused Linville Creek to swell up over its banks and a flash flood was going straight through Seekford's backyard.

"It started down there where those trees and it kinda just rushed through. But basically all this land down here was under water," said Seekford.

The family kept its dog house in the yard and because of that, Turbo, the dog, was trapped in the rushing waters.

"My thought was 'I have got to get to him,' but I couldn't do anything I was helpless. And I just had to watch," said Seekford.

Seekford said she came out in the morning in a panic. Water rushed by at what she said was about four to five feet tall. Her son jumped in the rushing water to try and save the dog, but there was only so much he could actually do.

“He had a hold of the dog. He fell and started going down stream. I pulled him back in. The dog just went under at that point and didn't come back up," said Seekford.

Friday morning, traces of the rushing water were still in Seekford's backyard, but Turbo was gone. Seekford said flash flooding is something she hopes she never experiences again.

"For anyone that's trapped in water like that, I feel so sorry for them. It's not something to ever want to watch," said Seekford.

Seekford's house did not suffer any damage in the storm, but Friday evening was still a very sad time for the family.


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