Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


Michael Jordan donates $2 million for Florence relief and recovery aid

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence Modal Trigger Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence AP
Kristine Garrett | 24 September, 2018, 01:05

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His disaster response operation under scrutiny, President Donald Trump pledged complete federal assistance Wednesday to areas of the Carolinas hit hard by floods after Hurricane Florence.

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.

In South Carolina, workers with electricity provider Santee Cooper erected a temporary dike in hopes of preventing flooding of an old coal ash dump at the demolished Grainger Generating Station near Conway.

During his briefing in North Carolina, Trump said, "In moments of despair, we've witnessed the true character of the American people".

Troxler said 2,800 hogs and 1.8 million birds died from Hurricane Matthew.

The slow-moving storm has since been downgraded to a tropical depression and moved into the USA northeast.

Members of the Cajun Navy transport loggers to clear power lines after Tropical Storm Florence caused a massive flooding in Whiteville, North Carolina, U.S. September 17, 2018.

That news comes as authorities from Horry County Sheriff's Department in SC say two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters.

North Carolina is also known for its pork industry, with more than 2,100 hog farms in the state.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service. Cooper warned residents of some coastal towns - including Wilmington, which was completely cut off from the outside world by flooding - to resist the temptation to return to their homes.

Wilmington, just down the coast, remained nearly completely cut off by flooding from the Cape Fear River and earlier storm surges.

The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1100 roads were closed. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which has dumped up to 36 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

Human and animal waste is mixing with the swirling floodwaters, which have killed about 1.7 million chickens on poultry farms.

WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods Inc [SFIL.UL], the biggest USA pork producer, was operating processing plants at limited capacity, after previously closing the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, spokeswoman Diana Souder said.

Florence made landfall in the Carolinas on Friday and lingered for days, overwhelming the region with heavy rains, high winds and storm surge.

Trump, who has been criticized for the federal government's handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year, told officials at a briefing before going to the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina, "We're going to be there 100 percent".

He walked through a neighbourhood lined with discarded wet furniture, hugging residents and posing for pictures.

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