Flooding expected to worsen as Florence passes through Carolinas

Christopher Davidson
September 20, 2018

Jimmy Shackleford, 74, of Burgaw transports his son Jim Shackleford and his wife Lisa, and their pets Izzy, Bella and Nala (in the cage) in the bucket of his tractor as the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks during flooding after Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, U.S., September 17, 2018. "You'll have everything you need".

President Trump walked through downtown Conway and around Long Avenue to visit with families in flooded areas with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. "They're talking about it all over the world".

Trump, who enjoys the adulation from friendly rally audiences, has appeared more ill at ease in public in his role as consoler-in-chief and has struggled at times to show empathy during moments of national tragedy.

"We're giving you a lot of help", Trump told one resident.

While the president's son suggested Cooper tells lies to make his father look bad, Cooper said it was Trump telling lies. To all those impacted by this awful storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help.

North Carolina farms lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs, while SC cotton farmers were also hit hard as soaked ground could damage peanut crops, and hemp stems were reported blown over, local media said. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and South Carolina Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.

River flooding is bringing a new round of misery to North Carolina this week.

In South Carolina, reports have emerged suggesting that two deaths were mental health patients who drowned after a van they were travelling in crashed.

Mayor Lawson Battle said that as far as he knew, everyone in the town of about 360 people left as the water first started to invade town Monday.

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At least 36 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.

Hurricane Florence and its aftermath are still taking a toll on the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

Much work remains in the recovery efforts, officials said.

Rescue teams were able to save the deputies from the van's roof.

That would put water levels about 2 feet higher than the river's level just two years ago during Hurricane Matthew.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy", Sheriff Phillip Thompson told the Greenville News. We're with you all way.

With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

The investigation has been handed over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff's office has launched an internal investigation, officials said.

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