44 dead as Florence-weary Carolinas face more flooding and rising rivers

23 September, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Tobacco plants battered and bruised by Hurricane Florence stand unharvested in fields near Fremont N.C. on Thursday Sept. 20 2018. Farmer Craig West said the leaves are about as appealing and saleable as a bunch of bruised bananas but they can’t

The biggest SC city in the way of flooding from Hurricane Florence is in gridlock. "He wanted to make sure he met with the people in those areas".

Another aspect of the response that has people upset has been the NCDOT's inability to answer the question, 'when will it be safe to come home?' NCDOT and other officials have been telling evacuees to stay put, but hundreds of residents have returned and post their routes on social media.

The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

SC governor Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2bn in damage.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said in a statement, "Tonight's incident is a tragedy".

The Waccamaw is expected to reach perhaps 20 feet next week, almost 10 feet past flood stage and two feet past the record set during Matthew two years ago.

"We've never had it at those levels before, so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.

Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water filling their yard to escape Hurricane Florence's latest life-threatening punch to a town in the Carolinas.

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Dianna Wood, embraces her husband Lynn, as they look out over their flooded property as the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N.C.

The president then traveled to SC, where he attended a second briefing and warned residents that the flooding was expected to continue.

"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

North Carolina likely won't have preliminary crop damage estimates until the end of the next week, state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. "So our problem has not been with the wind and the rain hitting us, but with the rain that is still here".

Water from the flooded Waccamaw River surrounds a house in Conway, S.C., earlier this week.

He said he was confident the state would "build our way out" of what he called possibly the "worst disaster" to hit in its history, with the cooperation of "Team South Carolina" and Trump.

Additionally, Sanderson said about 30 Lumberton-area farms, housing approximately 211,000 chickens in each, have been isolated by flood waters.

In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

Both states have received significant federal assistance. "As defenders of the state's rivers, lakes and streams, we're committed to documenting conditions and alerting the public to threats to public health and environmental quality stemming from Hurricane Florence".

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