Florence Unleashing a Flood of Pig Poop on North Carolina

How bad was Florence? New photo shows a boat motoring down a highway

In Lee's Landing, a community in Horry County, a county of 290,000 people on the Atlantic Coast that includes Myrtle Beach, residents have started to evacuate by boat as the Waccamaw River continues to flood over its banks and spill into neighborhoods, a local CBS affiliate reported. "All of that water is coming your way and people don't know that and they assume, you look outside and you see this lovely weather but over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in SC".

"That thing is a total loss", Billy Sanderson told CNN affiliate WNCT, his voice breaking.

But the aftermath of Florence's deluge is so vicious, rivers and waterways are rising fast across the Carolinas, burying communities and roads, and preventing evacuees from going back home.

Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility, reported that tens of thousands of customers in North and SC were still without power Thursday.

Lumberton homeowner Kenneth Campbell said he found at least 30 centimetres of water in his one-storey home when a friend took him into his flooded neighbourhood on a boat Tuesday.

Florence has already killed at least 35 people, including 26 in North Carolina and eight in SC where local media reported that two mental health patients drowned on Tuesday when the sheriff's van the women were in crashed. The mandatory evacuation issued Thursday for Kelly, population about 800, was the third for the town since the storm began lashing the state more than a week ago.

In a Friday press conference, McMaster said the state's resources and personnel had shifted to the PeeDee region.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster agrees.

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The South Carolina governor estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion.

A week later, residents are still dealing with major flooding as hundreds of thousands attempt to pick up the remnants of their damaged homes and businesses.

Kevin Tovornik was scrambling to prepare for flooding in Conway, South Carolina.

"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said. It soon became clear that they were needed.

"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.

Hurricane Florence has resulted in at least 37 deaths in three states, but President Donald Trump seems to want survivors to look on the bright side.

Cooper said North Carolina's storm damage will be in the billions of dollars, but there was no way to make a more accurate estimate while flooding continues. The statement says a 46-year-old man in Brunswick County died when a tree he was cutting fell on him.

About 3,500 vehicles came through for supplies on the first day they were available, county officials said in a Facebook post.

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