Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

He said certain areas of Interstates 95 and 40 are still underwater. Battle said flooding from Florence has wiped out the 150 or so homes rebuilt afterward. SC crop damage is now estimated at $125 million.

A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the trillions of gallons of water it dumped over the Carolinas are slowly moving toward the sea, leaving a path of destruction.

Of the 44 deaths blamed on Florence, 32 have been in North Carolina, nine in SC and three in Virginia, officials said.

Flood waters need to lower before authorities can send inspectors to determine the extent of spills, Michael Regan, leader of the state's environmental agency, said in Saturday's press conference.

The latest death toll because of the storm is reported to be 42.

Company spokeswoman Mollie Gore says no significant environmental impact is now expected because they had already excavated almost all of the ash from the pond.

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik tore out carpet and removed furniture as a preventative measure because he expected flooding at the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising. Unsafe flooding and evacuations may begin early next week, officials said.

Duke Energy said a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant had been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it was possible that coal ash from an adjacent dump was flowing into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.


The water has receded in some places, but as it moves downstream, officials say, thousands of people could be in danger until next week.

Along the river, David Lloydand Benetta White and their four children were given short notice to evacuate overnight as floodwaters swept over their property. By the time they loaded their van, they had to slog through waist-high, foul-smelling water to get to a neighbor's pickup. "Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of United States 64", it said.

An economic research firm estimated that Hurricane Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, which would make it one of the top 10 costliest USA hurricanes.

Hurricane Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history, according to some reports. He has asked US lawmakers for a swift delivery of federal aid. Farmer Craig West said the leaves are about as appealing and saleable as a bunch of bruised bananas, but they can't be harvested anyway because the fields are too soggy after the storm.

In Bladen County, North Carolina, about 100 people and 33 animals were rescued "in a unsafe operation in the middle of the night" after a dam burst, Cooper said in another post.

That water has caused several breaches in the dam on the south end of the lake which is flowing back into the Cape Fear River that is already high from the hurricane.

Flooding could begin early next week, officials said during a community meeting on Thursday.

Something else could be a problem, though. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land.

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