SC orders new evacuations with threat of Florence flooding

Storm-ravaged Carolinas brace for even more Florence flooding	 	 	 			Hundreds of roads remain closed or were damaged during Hurricane Florence

Storm-ravaged Carolinas brace for even more Florence flooding Hundreds of roads remain closed or were damaged during Hurricane Florence

"As defenders of the state's rivers, lakes and streams, we're committed to documenting conditions and alerting the public to threats to public health and environmental quality stemming from Hurricane Florence".

"Our people took a gut punch", Cooper said after the president's arrival.

Cooper said at a news conference Friday that the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard "heroically saved lives" when they rescued the people in the town of Kelly in Bladen County on Thursday night. "I didn't realize we would lose everything", said Perez-Santiago.

Officials said 33 animals also were rescued.

Residents in Georgetown County, South Carolina, where five rivers flow into the ocean, will prepare on Friday for a deluge of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed more than 40 people.

"We never learn from any of these storms".

And in Conway, S.C., the river is still rising.

The Little Pee Dee River and the Lumber River have started to drop near Nichols, where the whole town of 360 was under water for the second time in two years. More than 5 million gallons (19 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the river after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said.

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"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.

Most of the damage caused by Harvey and Florence has come from the flooding, which has devastated cities and rural areas, turning highways into rivers and pastures into lakes.

For Chris Smith, whose North Carolina farm is home to 30,000 chickens and 150 acres of sweet potatoes, the fight to survive Hurricane Florence is not yet over.

McMaster said Friday he had "contacted or attempted to speak personally with the families of everyone who we lost during this crisis, this tragedy", including the families of Newton and Green. Well over half the dead were killed were in vehicles. The waters there have now receded, but only after flooding homes like Mary Mosely's.

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.

Roads were still clogged with people trying to make it back to where the floods had creeped back, leaving silty mud on walls and floors.

McMaster on Thursday estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion USA, characterizing it in a letter to state congress members as the worst disaster in the state's modern history. He asked Congress for help.

Global warming has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and causing the type of catastrophic flooding that crippled North and SC this week, experts said.

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