More flooding feared for SC

Katie Ramirez
September 22, 2018

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.

Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters keep rising.

The state is sending inspectors into farm areas to assess the damage, but as of Wednesday they were waiting for flood waters to recede in many areas, the department said in a release.

Cooper said North Carolina's storm damage will be in the billions of dollars, but there was no way to make a more accurate estimate while flooding continues.

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours Tuesday for handouts of food, water and tarps.

Florence is blamed for at least 41 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. On Friday afternoon, a dam was breached at a North Carolina Duke Energy plant.

McMaster estimated the damage from flooding in his state at $1.2 billion.

Members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have said they expect a relief package to move through Congress next week, Moore and Berger said, they want to clear the red tape as soon as possible so federal money can be immediately directed to the appropriate state agencies.

"We will likely have lost more chickens than anything else", Jimmy Dixon, a state representative and former turkey farmer, said after touring eastern parts of the state by helicopter Tuesday.

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Residents of Georgetown County, S.C., have been told to have go-kits at the ready in case of evacuation. Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops.

The closure affected all lanes of the Interstate at mile marker 175 - just northeast of Florence, S.C. There is no timetable for the road to be reopened. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding".

Numerous state's 2,100 hog farms "are returning to normal", according to the North Carolina Pork Council. Over the weekend, Duke also said that flooding had resulted in toxic coal ash spill.

Former linebacker Kevin Reddick, who played for the team from 2009 through 2012, contacted the Heels to ask if they could help donate and collect items for his hometown of New Bern, which was ravaged by the storm. They have been serving up 20,000 meals a day to feed first responders as well as storm evacuees. Near Chinquapin, a community nearly entirely underwater, a monitoring gauge used by the U.S. Geological Survey stopped working Sunday after water levels hit its operational limit of 24.2 feet (7.3 meters) - 8 feet (2 meters) above major flood stage.

And in yet another miserable twist of nature, floating balls of fire ants have emerged, like the ones that plagued Harvey survivors in the Houston area.

"You can never tell what lies under that water", he said. "I've already been bitten". A total of 16 rivers overflowed, causing massive destruction, and blocking roads. He stayed in state to play his college football at the University of North Carolina before being selected by the Panthers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

One week after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, North Carolina was still feeling its effects, Cooper said.

Policyholders can get up to $5,000 without an adjuster visit or providing additional documentation to their insurer, FEMA said.

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