Less than 340,000 have flood insurance in North and SC combined

Less than 340,000 have flood insurance in North and SC combined

For example, the Cape Fear River in North Carolina crested at 61.6 feet on Wednesday - more than 25 feet above flood stage and 7 feet below the all-time record.

Rescuers wearing night-vision googles used helicopters, boats and big-wheeled military vehicles overnight to evacuate about 100 people from a southeastern North Carolina county where high water breached a levee, flooding a town.

Three more rivers are expected to swell to critical levels by Thursday as water begins flowing downstream toward the coast. On Monday, the National Weather Service reported that almost 36 inches fell on Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Florence is blamed for at least 41 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

North Carolina is the country's No. 2 swine-producing state, its leading producer of tobacco and a major poultry producer, making agriculture its principle industry, valued at $87 billion.

A sign commemorating the rebuilding of the town of Nichols, which was flooded two years earlier from Hurricane Matthew, stands in floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. He asked Congress for help.

When storms such as Harvey, which struck Texas last year, and Florence come to a virtual stall, a deluge of rain can fall in the matter of days, equal to what an area typically sees in a year, they said.

Yesterday afternoon, this news outlet was tracking a live webcam of the river sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) when we noticed the bridges spanning the Great Pee Dee were under siege from rising floodwaters ... The utility said it did not think any coal ash was at risk.

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Kevin Tovornik was scrambling to prepare for flooding in Conway, South Carolina. Officials warned human, hog and other animal waste were mixing in with floodwaters in the Carolinas.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper says the state is still tallying its storm damage, but says it will be in the billions.

More than 1,000 roads were closed across the state Tuesday, officials said, and about 343,000 people are still without power.

"As I've traveled around the state surveying damage and meeting with people who have lost everything, it's clear that the destruction in eastern North Carolina is historic", Cooper said in a Thursday statement obtained by the News & Observer of Raleigh.

The state's Department of Public Safety said four more deaths were reported in Duplin County, without providing further details, reports The Associated Press.

Speaking in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump said SC is in for a "tough one" as flood waters keep rising.

Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.

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