Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence's fury

Ignacio Smith
September 22, 2018

Three more rivers are expected to swell to critical levels by Thursday as water begins flowing downstream toward the coast.

As floodwaters continued to rise, concerns grew about environmental and health dangers.

Thirty-one deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia. Some 2,600 people have been rescued by boat or helicopter in North Carolina alone since the storm made landfall, and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, according to state officials. Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops. "Same levee. Same dams".

"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen, and that includes hurricane evacuations", Tovornik said.

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In a later post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct".

North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality said on Tuesday that the walls of four pits holding hog waste, known as lagoons, had given way because of the storm, thirteen pits had overflowed due to rain, and nine were inundated by floodwaters. By the time they loaded their van, the water was waist-high and they had to slog through a foul-smelling soup to get to a neighbor's pickup.

"We nearly lost our lives, I'm here to tell you we did", said White, whose family previously evacuated last Thursday as Florence, then a hurricane, approached from the Atlantic.

Trump, who is also reviewing flood damage in SC, said as he exited the White House, "I think it will be an incredible day".

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State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Smita Depani, center, stands in the apartment she lived in while surveying the damage with her brother-in-law Jayanti Depani, left, and sister-in-law Puspa Manvar in the motel they own which was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. He asked Congress for help.

A swift recuse boat motors through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Farmer Craig West said the leaves are about as appealing and saleable as a bunch of bruised bananas, but they can't be harvested anyway because the fields are too soggy after the storm.

Duke Energy Corp said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.

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Roy Cooper's office said Friday evening that there are now 32 confirmed dead in that state. On Monday, the National Weather Service reported that almost 36 inches fell on Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

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