Flooding Sends ‘Unheard’ Amounts of Water Through the Carolinas

22 September, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Unofficial rain totals show Florence dropped 8.04 trillion gallons across NC

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said 16 rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday with three more expected to peak by Thursday.

Florence has demolished rainfall records.

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.

Baker was unsure, however, whether this particular boat was part of state reconnaissance efforts, or simply someone taking a freakish boating trip down a USA highway.

While crests will continue to work downstream along the major rivers in the eastern part of the Carolinas into next week, some unprotected areas may stay flooded until the end of September or early October.

It moved slowly over the affected region, bringing two days of heavy rain, bringing non-stop flooding caused by storm surges and rivers bursting their banks. "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".

New evacuations were ordered in Florence County, and the Waccamaw River in Conway is predicted to set a record level Saturday and keep rising through next Tuesday.

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Santee Cooper in SC, a state-owned utility, is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 76 centimetres should be enough to keep floodwaters out. They've been moving many of their belongings to the attic, hoping the water won't rise higher than their house in Horry County, South Carolina. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land.

The Trent rose to almost twice the height of its flood stage, according to NASA, and the imagery reveals how the river rose and overwhelmed the surrounding landscape.

"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. "You better pray. I think we all need to pray that it don't happen".

On the Cape Fear River, Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington, N.C. power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the water. "My gut is turning up", church member Dennis DeLong said.

Officials said 33 animals also were rescued.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Cooper said, including several portions of interstates 40 and 95. "We put a lot of heart and soul into putting it back up". Smith also grows sweet potatoes, and doesn't know when he's going to get back out to harvest them. The state is sending inspectors into farm areas to assess the damage, but as of Wednesday they were waiting for flood waters to recede in many areas, the department said in a release.

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