Flooding Sends ‘Unheard’ Amounts of Water Through the Carolinas

Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient

At Fayetteville, about 160 kilometres 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.

Before that, Trump's trip to Texas after Harvey battered the Houston area generated blowback for his failure to meet with victims of the storm. 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".

Officials across the state are cautioning residents that more floods are expected this week. "I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done".

"PLEASE DO NOT RETURN", the county said in a tweet. We heard one person describe the difference as follows: if a Category-5 storm is a Mike Tyson punch, Florence was an average person, punching you in the head, for days and days.

North Carolina officials have asked residents living along the river, especially those in Brunswick County, to evacuate and move to safer grounds.

Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks says it has already restored power to 1.6 million customers in North and SC.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.

Trump to visit North Carolina as governor urges residents to be patient

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

Santee Cooper, a SC electric utility, is installing inflatable dams around a coal ash pond at the former Grainger Generating Station in Conway as the Waccamaw River rises, the company said.

Four days earlier, Trump had issued a disaster declaration for the state that freed up federal aid to supplement state and local resources. "Hundreds of open-air hog waste pits were hit with more rain than they were created to handle".

The grim aftermath of Florence, some of which Trump was expected to see Wednesday during stops in North Carolina and SC, presented a challenge for a president who has struggled at times to show empathy in moments of national tragedy. "Those watersheds all coming to where we are". In a letter he said the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

At Trump's first stop, Cooper briefed the president at a Marine Corps air station that sits among areas hardest hit by Florence. In South Carolina, the flooding has damaged cotton, peanut and hemp crops.

"It's kind of a grassroots effort of people thinking, 'What can I do to help?'" UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham told the outlet. About 10,000 people remained in shelters. "As defenders of the state's rivers, lakes and streams, we're committed to documenting conditions and alerting the public to threats to public health and environmental quality stemming from Hurricane Florence".

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