Search efforts continue for woman swept away by flood waters

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Search efforts are continuing for a woman in Charlotte County who was swept away in flooding Thursday night. 

Family members identified the missing woman as Ruby Allen.

Relatives said Ruby was riding with family members in a car when it became stranded along Mt. Harmony Road, after rushing waters from a creek overtook a bridge just before 7:30 p.m. 

According to Virginia State Police, a woman, a man, and a 17-year-old boy got out of the vehicle and clung to the bridge railing as the water rushed up around them. 

The 17-year-old was pulled to safety, however, the man and woman were swept away before deputies could reach them. 

State police found the man’s body Thursday night. 

Family members identified him as Ronnie Allen Jr. 

“They attempted to go through behind the truck., the car stalled at that time. While someone tried to assist them to get the car started, a tree branch came and hit the car and flew it over the banks. The waters were very high up out here at the time. My brother was able to push his son up on the rail and he was able to hold on,” said relative Latisha Allen. “My mom was very active in this community. She works with the kids, well worked with the kids and is in the church and any time anyone has something going on, she’s always there to assist in any way that she can.”

Family members are asking for volunteers to meet them to help search the area at Mt. Harmony Road Saturday at 9 a.m.

As of 4:45 p.m. Friday, there are five deaths reported in Virginia related to Tropical Storm Michael. 

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