Trump Asked About His Golf Course During Hurricane Florence Visit
22 September, 2018, 12:38 | Author: Marie Harrington
Dustin Mock navigates a flooded street as flood waters rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence now downgraded to a tropical depression in Conway, South Carolina, U.S. September 19, 2018.
At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher.
The governor praised the work of the first responders, saying they have evacuated people from rising floodwaters and "continue to show unflinching courage in the face of danger". His statement says that in the past week, first responders and emergency teams have conducted almost 5,000 rescues in storm-ravaged areas.
More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina, six days after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs.
With the Great Pee Dee River receding, state officials said Interstate 95 in SC would reopen after a safety check, but travelers couldn't get very far since the highway was still closed in North Carolina because of the flooded Lumber River.
The biggest SC city in the way of flooding from Hurricane Florence is in gridlock.
With the crisis slowly moving to SC, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.
At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck.
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As if the flooding were not enough, officials confirmed Thursday that Florence had spawned more than a dozen tornadoes, with more expected in the coming days.
Santee Cooper in SC, a state-owned utility, is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 76 centimetres should be enough to keep floodwaters out.
President Trump walked through downtown Conway and around Long Avenue to visit with families in flooded areas with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
There are now 32 confirmed deaths in North Carolina, a statement released by Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday.
There is also some concern that hog lagoons and their farms could harm human health, according to the Times.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence are raising fears as rivers continue to spread beyond their banks.
Flood waters and downed trees nearly entirely cut off Wilmington from the rest of the state, after Florence dropped more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain over the coastal city. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land.
Statewide, 169 road closures remained in effect at 4 p.m. Friday due to the storm, most in the northeast part of the state.
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