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Woman grabs hold of floating mattress as NC flood waters rose

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NC residents cleaning up after flood, where a home was pushed of its foundation. (April 29, 2014/FOX Carolina) NC residents cleaning up after flood, where a home was pushed of its foundation. (April 29, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

When the rain came down Tuesday morning in the Asheville area, it came down hard and fast.

Creeks turned into ponds and streets looked more like rapid rivers.

"I really thought I was going to die. All of a sudden, it just rushed in the house," Tammy Johnson said.

Johnson said she just held on and prayed.

"The water kept rising and rising. I couldn't open the window, I couldn't open the door. I was trapped," Johnson said.

She can't swim, so she grabbed onto her mattress as it floated near her.

"I was shaking so hard because the water was ice cold and I was in it for at least an hour and a half before they got me," Johnson said.

Now, the water is receding in the neighborhood off Weaverville Highway, but the power behind the flood pushed a house of its foundation and left roads muddy.

"I saw what's been happening with them, they've had no electricity," Deborah Arnold said.

On Tuesday night, Arnold was dressed in pajamas as she got ready for bed, but it may take her awhile to sleep peacefully.

"Everything in the backyard was just moved," Arnold said.

She lives off Libby Lane in Mauldin. Last July, her backyard and other homes in her neighborhood flooded.

"It just started raining and all of a sudden, the downpour just kept coming," Arnold said.

She's checking out Gilder Creek, which runs along her backyard. She's hoping the same storm system that hit Asheville, won't cause flooding in her neighborhood.

"We do need the rain, but let it come in drips," Arnold said.

And in Asheville, Johnson said she's thankful for another day.

"I'm glad to be alive, because I really could have drowned," Johnson said.

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