1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding

Mindy Sparks
September 23, 2018

The slow-moving storm has since been downgraded to a tropical depression and moved into the US northeast. Sixteen rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak in the next two days, he said.

One major worry is the North Carolina's many hog lagoons, full of waste from pig farms.

While flying a drone over the completely flooded four-lane Interstate 40 on Monday, the North Carolina Highway Patrol spotted an unusual sight: A motorized boat leaving a large wake over the highway.

The N.C. Pork Council, an industry trade group, said the livestock losses from the storm should be taken in the context. "This is a tough hurricane", Trump said.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Mike Sprayberry, director the state Division of Emergency Management, says FEMA officials have been in the state for days looking at housing options for the displaced.

Last year, North Carolina farmers also raised 830.8 million chickens for meat, 9 percent of the USA flock, and 32.5 million turkeys, or 13 percent of the US total, according to the USDA.

The company said it expects to restore power to most customers by September 26. The company said it would ramp up production as roads become passable.


The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters. On Sunday, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority reported that more than 5 million gallons of partially treated sewage had spilled into the Cape Fear River after power failed at its treatment plant.

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, which came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.

Coal ash can contaminate water and harm fish and wildlife.

"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday. By Saturday, Duke Energy estimated, the storm had washed away more than 2,000 cubic yards of coal waste - enough to fill more than 150 dump trucks.

The untreated wastewater entered North Buffalo, a tributary of the Cape Fear River basin. "The roof is leaking, messing up the inside of the house", he said.

Troxler said 2,800 hogs and 1.8 million birds died from Hurricane Matthew. It plans to close all its ash dumps by 2029.

"Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in SC". The dump is adjacent to the Waccamaw River, which is expected to crest at almost 20 feet (6 meters) this weekend.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said in a news conference.

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