3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

Eloise Marshall
September 20, 2018

"We've never seen one like this. a storm like no other".

He says, "There will be nothing left undone".

Florence is a "storm like no other" and its deadly flooding means "a long road ahead" for North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump Wednesday.

Hurricane Florence has battered the east coast with heavy winds and torrential rains, but now poses a new danger as the former storm continues to sweep across the north east.

Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week.

President Trump on Wednesday traveled to the Carolinas to visit areas ravaged by Hurricane Florence last week, assuring local families and officials that the federal government would provide "a lot of money", and that there will be "nothing left undone", in recovery efforts. Trump was criticized not only for an uneven federal response to that storm but for an off-note moment during a visit to San Juan in October 2017, when he rolls of paper towels into a crowd at a hurricane relief center.

WALLACE, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Floodwaters inundate a barn after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, near Wallace, South Carolina. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, both North Carolina Republicans, and Sens. Trump said, without offering evidence, that Democrats had inflated the figure to make him look bad. "We're ready and they are ready to do whatever we have to do to make this ideal, and unfortunately that means the money will be a lot, but it will come as fast as you need, but to take care of everybody".

One of North Carolina's largest cities still is mostly cut off by floodwaters, so food, water and tarps are being brought into Wilmington by big military trucks and helicopters.

In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church.

US President Donald Trump To Visit North Carolina As Waterways Rise
The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber river, which was expected to crest on Wednesday. Geological Survey river gauge at Lillington showed the river was beginning to fall Wednesday morning.

North Carolina is among the top states in the nation in producing pork and poultry, with about 9 million hogs at any given time and 819 million chickens and 34 million turkeys raised each year.

Still, the whirlwind tour through the Carolinas showed Trump reaching out to connect with those reeling from a storm blamed for at least 37 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since coming ashore Friday.

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

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina, six days after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, according to state officials.

Officials in the Carolinas are anxious about what deaths are still to come amid the swelling rivers and flooding from Florence's crawl across both states.

The agency has not inspected any of the 3,300 waste lagoons in North Carolina and is relying on self-reporting by farmers, said spokeswoman Megan Thorpe.

High water: The Cape Fear River had crested at 18.7m early on Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

"There is a strong potential that those who live within the 1-mile evacuation area of the Cape Fear River will be impacted by flooding", the city said in a statement.

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