NC struggling to recover after Florence brings historic flooding

Terry Joseph
September 19, 2018

As of Tuesday, the state reported that several lagoons had overflowed or filled with floodwaters, with many areas still being assessed for damage.

"We're in a floodplain but a hundred-year one", he said as floodwaters lapped at the house's front steps.

"Thank you", a frazzled, shirtless Willie Schubert mouthed to members of a Coast Guard helicopter crew who plucked him and his dog Lucky from atop a house encircled by water in Pollocksville. The incident occurred after the toddler and his mother became trapped in their vehicle amid rising flood waters.

The Lumber River overflows onto a stretch Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., September 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago.

"As we approach recovery will need to work on mitigation and buyouts, make sure we involve local, state and fed officials", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

The slow-moving storm, has dumped up to 91cm of rain on the state since Thursday, displacing thousands. After some navigation apps or in-car map directions sent people in North Carolina onto roads that got flooded or blocked by debris, Google-owned Waze said it was working with local governments and its own community of volunteer map editors to mark closures of more than 1,300 roads in North Carolina and hundreds more in SC and Virginia.

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"I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to", Cooper said.

Downgraded from a tropical depression, the deadly storm still had abundant rain and top winds around 25 miles per hour (40 kph).

The Cape Fear River's steady rise continues. Officials said they will open roads as flooding recedes and downed trees and power lines are cleared away. When supplies finally reach New Hanover County, they'll be distributed from three points.

Wilmington's mayor, Bill Saffo, said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into the city.

As the remnants of Florence moved into the U.S. Northeast, and the sun appeared in some areas for the first time in days, residents of the Carolinas confronted its after-effects, including power outages, impassable roads, and sewage spilling into flooded areas.

"We do not believe, based on on-farm assessments to date and industry-wide surveying, that there are widespread impacts to the more than 2,100 farms with more than 3,300 anaerobic treatment lagoons in the state", the council said.

At the White House, Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath.

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