Florence evacuees return as others brace for more flooding

Florence evacuees return as others brace for more flooding

A swift recuse boat motors through floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

The rescuers used night vision goggles during the rescue.

Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a news release Thursday that he wanted the legislature to return on October 9 to handle Hurricane Florence relief. Even as he underscored the ongoing danger, he highlighted the tireless efforts of first responders. Officials warned human, hog and other animal waste were mixing in with floodwaters in the Carolinas.

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.

Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.

"Because again, although the winds are gone and the rain's not falling, the water's still there and the worst is yet to come in the Pee Dee", he said.

Florence is slowly moving northeast, where tornadoes associated with the storm hit Virginia. He said it's the third time in the last four years the Waccamaw River has flooded, and this time, it's rising quickly.

While the rain subsided, some rivers are still rising, and North and SC officials warn the flooding danger is far from over.

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"There are many roads where water levels will continue to rise making the roads impassable during the next 72 hours or more depending on when the local rivers crest", NCDOT said, adding that travel was not recommended in several counties, including Cumberland, Duplin and Harnett.

The county has opened emergency shelters in Florence, Lake City, Johnsonville and Coward.

At least 43 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher. Corner Donnie Grimsley said Friday morning that he's still working to contact the victim's family before he releases the name.

A new round of evacuations was ordered in SC as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

After days of hoping for the best, Billy and Rita Sanderson waded in knee-high murky waters to see Florence's storm damage to their home of almost 30 years. Roads to Wilmington, which has been cut off sporadically by Florence, are opening and closing as flood water rushes to the coast.

There are more than 3,300 lagoons in North Carolina, said Andy Curliss, chief executive for the NC Pork Council.

Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to where the floods had creeped back, leaving silty mud on walls and floors.

The representative of Sanderson Farms, the 3rd largest producer of poultry in the United States, said that the greatest losses are observed on the territory of private farmers.

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