Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

'We're with you': Trump shakes hands with Florence victims

'We're with you': Trump shakes hands with Florence victims

Flooding across the Carolinas was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said. They were met by silty mud on walls and floors, blown out windows and bad odors. Crews closed some bridges and reopened others as trillions of gallons of water continued its long, meandering journey to the Atlantic Ocean.

Potential environmental problems remained.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its almost 1.8 million customers affected by the storm. The utility said it did not think any coal ash was at risk.

"Thank you, Mr. President, for coming to North Carolina as our rescue and recovery continues", Cooper said. And waste from those hog farms has been leaking into floodwaters. He asked Congress for help.

Water appears to have receded in some areas of the Carolinas, but more flooding from Hurricane Florence could arrive through the weekend, officials say.

A ninth person has died in SC because of Hurricane Florence. Well over half the dead were killed were in vehicles.

Nearly exactly one year ago, DOT announced another round of quick-release emergency relief funds. The congregation rebuilt, This year, water from the Little River water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor.

In Wilmington, things kept creeping back closer to normal in the state's largest coastal city. Officials announced the end of a curfew and the resumption of regular trash pickup.

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Cooper said at a news conference Friday that the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard "heroically saved lives" when they rescued the people in the town of Kelly in Bladen County on Thursday night. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.

The storm continues to severely hamper travel.

A man in Dillion County is the ninth person to die in SC related to Hurricane Florence, after he was apparently swept away by floodwaters.

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.

In this aerial photo taken September 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence.

One megawatt can power about 1,000 USA homes. Rental trucks and flatbeds whisked furniture and valuables out of homes that were still dry in Conway. He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes".

Some drivers in Conway have reported it has taken three hours or more to make it across the city of 23,000 people.

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where US 17 was impassable.

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