Hundreds rescued as flooding continues after Storm Florence
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 18, 2018,
Sep 18, 2018, 17:46
"That's enough to cause flooding in areas that have never flooded before until now".
Now, there are fears that the death toll will keep climbing.
Saffo says her family has been showing in water outside of their home while they remain without power.
The body of a 1-year-old was found Monday morning in Union County, NC.
The mother managed to free Kaiden from his auto seat and escape the vehicle, but her child was quickly swept away in the deluge. Roads are being cleared and the landfill is open to accept storm refuse. But it's not for residents to use to return. "There's too much going on", Cooper said. At that moment, roads in all four directions were flooded in some way.
And supplies such as fuel are in critical need.
It's not just Wilmington that's swamped.
The death toll from Florence hits 23 as rescue efforts continue in the Carolinas as flooding persists.
Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in North Carolina, and now people and organizations across the nation are stepping up to help those affected by the storm. Many households have multiple people.
Early on Monday, the rain was still falling in the middle of the state as another band of heavy rain was heading for Wilmington, a city already largely cut off from the outside world by flooding.
The number of customers without power across North Carolina fell to just under 500,000, with about 20,000 in SC. Flooding had damaged a containment wall this weekend and led to an estimated 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash flowing into a ditch not far from the Cape Fear River.
In the Carolinas, some rivers may not crest for days.
"I just feel comfortable staying". State environmental regulators said Sunday they had not yet received any reports of spills.
"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet", he said.
More than 15,000 people are at shelters in North Carolina, according to CNN.
"Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising", he wrote in the post.
Miguel Melo was trying to drive from North Carolina to Florida to get to a friend's house when his SUV stalled out in high water in Lumberton. "BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!" he wrote.
In South Carolina, for about 30 miles south of the North Carolina line, I-95 goes through low-lying swampland that drains several river basins, including the Great Pee Dee and the Little Pee Dee rivers.
In North Carolina, flooding was so bad that officials Monday advised motorists not to travel "in southern, central and eastern parts of the state".
"I know the kind of people who live here and I know North Carolinians want to help", he said.
What is left of tropical storm Florence is soaking the mid-Atlantic with buckets of rain as it drifts toward New England, leaving death and destruction behind in the Carolinas.
At least two people died from electrocution while attempting to connect their generators, while one couple died of monoxide poisoning from running their generator indoors.
- A woman went into cardiac arrest in Hampstead, in North Carolina's Pender County.