Trump Visits N.C. As State Recovers From Florence

Rex Christensen
September 21, 2018

Florence has killed at least 35 people and left entire towns in North Carolina flooded with muddy, fetid water.

The six-time NBA champion, who played high-school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended college at North Carolina, made two large donations to Carolina residents.

He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.

He said he was confident the state would "build our way out" of what he called possibly the "worst disaster" to hit in its history, with the cooperation of "Team South Carolina" and Trump.

The president vowed to sort that issue out, telling reporters: 'We're going to find out.

Sanderson Farms says more than a million chickens have died due to flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

To the president's right is North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper; to his left, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen.

"We are beginning the process of getting our feet under us, Mr. President", Cooper said, describing Hurricane Florence as "a storm like no other". Two of the SC victims were mental health patients who drowned on Tuesday when a van carrying them was swept away by floodwater.

The two deputies escaped the vehicle but were unable to open the doors to get the women out, authorities said. The deputies climbed on top of the van and were rescued; they have been placed on administrative leave.

Sheriff Phillip Thompson said he does not believe the women were in restraints like those sometimes used on psychiatric patients. "One of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water".

Trump Visits N.C. As State Recovers From Florence

· "Some of the hardest work is taking place right now, even though it's nice and handsome and sunny".

'Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will be there - and you know that - 100 percent, ' the president said.

In 1954, Hurricane Hazel tore through Haiti and North and SC, killing 95 people in the US and as many as 1,000 people in Haiti. The evacuation shelter in the city was evacuated as floodwater rose on Monday, with many residents bussed to Pembroke, 15 miles away. About 20,000 pigs were moved to other states, other parts of North Carolina or to the market, the Pork Council's Curliss said.

While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock.

Chris Ross has been staying at a shelter since he fled his Fayetteville home about a week ago when the National Guard pulled people out of his neighborhood.

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

"Boat looks like it's O.K.", came a response from the gaggle.

"It's all gone", Cavenaugh told WRAL.

Many rivers are still rising and some are in major or record flood stage.

When storms such as Harvey, which struck Texas last year, and Florence come to a virtual stall, a deluge of rain can fall in the matter of days, equal to what an area typically sees in a year, they said.

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