Lisa Shackleford hugs her pet dogs Izzy and Bella as she wades through flood waters to safety while the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.
"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", Governor Roy Cooper said. Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in SC are watching closely as water continues to poor into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence.
President Donald Trump is heading to North Carolina today to survey the damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has claimed the lives of 37 people. He was criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico a year ago, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000.
Utility crews from multiple states worked to restore power, and outages were down from a high of more than 900,000 to about 320,000 homes and businesses, almost all in North Carolina.
The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber River, which was expected to crest on Wednesday. "I'm still hopeful", said Lynn about his home which now has water up to the front step. "I can't get home either", Chafin said. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake.
Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.
Trump was joined aboard Air Force One by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Republican elected officials, including Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC and Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
The sewage spill took place over six days, starting September 13 and ending September 18.
Hog producers, including Smithfield, lowered the levels of waste in lagoons before the storm, but up to 36 inches (91 cm) of rain overwhelmed some farms.
"I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in [Hurricane] Matthew", Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview, referring to hog losses.