Flooding expected to worsen as Florence passes through Carolinas

Mindy Sparks
September 20, 2018

President Donald Trump arrived Wednesday in North Carolina to see the destruction Hurricane Florence left behind and the challenging relief efforts that are underway. "You'll have everything you need".

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

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week.

However, Trump's description of the hurricane being one of the "wettest" storms in history "from the standpoint of water" caught the eye of many Twitter users. The evacuation shelter in the city was evacuated as floodwater rose on Monday, with many residents bussed to Pembroke, 15 miles away.

Goldsboro was also still flooded. "Amazing. Just days before this #ConwaySC neighborhood was completely underwater - now floodwaters from #Florence have receded and the road is back open again".

For example, in 1999, rain and flooding from Hurricane Floyd caused waste to enter rivers- and what followed were algal blooms and mass fish die-outs.

Augustin Dieudomme looks toward the flooded entrance of his apartment complex near the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday, as the river continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Their bodies were recovered by divers Wednesday evening, the sheriff's office said.

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

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The city manager told CNN that 12,000 people were "in harm's way".

The two patients died on Tuesday after the vehicle carrying them, staffed by two Horry County deputies in SC, was swept away by flooding from Florence, the Horry County Sheriff's Office confirmed, Xinhua reported.

"If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, and waters were rising, why were they driving on that road anyway?" said Bamberg, a state lawmaker.

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.

Twenty-one flood gauges showed major or moderate flooding early on Thursday in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC, where major waterways, well above their flood stages, were forecast to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service said.

With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and residents waiting in hours-long lines for supplies, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber river, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.

This story has been corrected to show the death toll in North Carolina is 27, not 29.

Addressing a crowd of Texans after Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Trump marveled at the size of his audience: "What a turnout", he said then.

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