Trump mocked for puzzling statistic on flooding in Carolinas

Kristopher Nichols
September 22, 2018

Rain-gorged rivers threatened further flooding on the storm-battered US East Coast Monday as the death toll from Hurricane Florence, now a tropical depression, jumped to 31.

Access improved at least temporarily to Wilmington, a North Carolina port city of 120,000 that has been isolated for days by high water.

Fox News only brought up climate change with regard to Hurricane Florence in order to dispute the connection.

President Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of the storm, The Associated Press reported.

Conway's city spokesman Taylor Newell said water could be "4 feet higher" there than when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned. For people like Mosely, the cost of a flood policy can simply be out of reach.

There are still unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of two mental health patients who drowned Tuesday in a prison transport van swept away by rising floodwater in SC.

Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden said two deputies in the van tried to get the victims out but couldn't.

Campbell's house also flooded during Hurricane Matthew, and he hadn't expected to face the prospect of rebuilding two years later.

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The deaths, which have occurred in three states, include those of two women who were being taken to a mental health facility when the van they were riding in was engulfed by floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River in SC, authorities said. "We take a lot of pride in what we do".

"When outlets fail to connect these events to global warming, audiences are left uninformed about some of the most critical decisions we face", David Arkush, who directs Public Citizen's climate program, said in a statement.

In Conway, South Carolina authorities said residents could see damage in homes that have not flooded before. While Florence caused substantial damage to structures and resulted in the loss of power to thousands of people when it first made landfall, the storm's after-effects are even worse.

Cooper said Thursday there were 31 storm-related deaths statewide.

Authorities have said that 23 out of the 46 counties in SC could potentially be impacted by flooding.

A street sign sticks up from floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, SC, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Experts are also concerned that Florence could produce damage similar to that wrought by the 1999 storm Hurricane Floyd, which contaminated North Carolina's waterways, drowned animals and produced harmful algal blooms. Close to 200,000 residents are still without power, and about 7,800 are living in shelters.

The crisis is slowly moving to SC, where there was enough warning and certainty about where the water was going that hundreds of people loaded furniture from their homes into trucks and flatbeds to take to higher ground. Others can't get to their neighborhoods because the extensive road closures or simply because they don't have a ride home. "They are still is without power", said Braden Welsh, one of those behind the initiative.

Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water.

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