Wednesday, 12 December, 2018


A look at flooding before and after Florence

Aerial views of flooding and submerged homes in Lumberton N.C. on Thursday View Slideshow Aerial views of flooding and submerged homes in Lumberton N.C. on Thursday. Carol Guzy for NPR
Noah Ferguson | 21 September, 2018, 20:39

The agency also predicted prolonged heavy rain over a large portion of the Atlantic and the Carolinas.

The Trent River in southeast North Carolina, before and after Hurricane Florence.

Mr. Trump, still wearing his navy windbreaker, opened the meeting by thanking officials, first responders, utility companies and others for helping neighborhoods recover from Hurricane Florence. The trillions of gallons of rainwater making its way into rivers and streams is resulting in flooding of epic proportions.

After talking to more residents in New Bern, Trump traveled nearly 15o miles southwest to Conway, South Carolina, a city of nearly 24,000 that has seen record flood levels that surpassed levels from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water. On Monday, the National Weather Service reported that almost 36 inches fell on Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Houses sit in floodwater on the outskirts of Lumberton, North Carolina September 17, 2018.

Cooper said Thursday there were 31 storm-related deaths statewide.

Flooding from rain-swollen rivers was expected to worsen across the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which killed 36 people in three states, forecasters said. They've been moving many of their belongings to the attic, hoping the water won't rise higher than their house in Horry County, South Carolina. Particularly concerning is the continued swelling of the 140-mile long Waccamaw River, which runs through both states.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan surveys flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence during a helicopter ride from Raleigh to Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday. Buchanan also assisted after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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Kinston Police in North Carolina also posted a video on Facebook showing clumps of fire ants in flood waters, warning residents to stay safe.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality listed 110 hog pits at noon Wednesday that have overflowed or remain in danger of doing so, including 21 that have already discharged material.

North Carolina farms lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs, the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services said.

At least 24 of Florence's victims died in vehicles, and most were in accidents linked to flooding. Similar to hog waste, the ash is collected in landfills close to the energy plants.

One megawatt can power about 1,000 U.S. homes. "We're going to take care of everybody".

Looking to the future, he promised the state would rebuild the "smart and strong way", but asked for help cutting red tape to make that happen.

More than 300 people remained Monday at a shelter on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Raleigh, the state capital which escaped the brunt of the storm.

Trump has also vowed to help the Carolinas, saying he would 'send a lot of money to the area'.

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