Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

Thus, the area still has two coal ash basins from the 1970s, and 7 million tons of coal ash is now at risk of flooding into the river.

While some roads are not flooded, they may have damage and hazardous debris that makes it unsafe to drive or walk on them, state officials said.

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. - With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with almost 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it will never end.

"The Cape Fear River will crest again this weekend, along with the Lumber River", the North Carolina Department of Transportation tweeted Friday, adding that the Neuse will rise Monday.

Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Spring Lake. Other deaths have been reported earlier in SC and Virginia.

State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out. Duke Energy said a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant had been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it was possible that coal ash from an adjacent dump was flowing into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. "I didn't realize we would lose everything", said Perez-Santiago.

Florence came ashore last Friday as a Category 1 storm and slowly made its way across the coastline and the southeastern region of the Tar Heel State before moving into South Carolina.The storm dropped 3 feet of rain in some parts of North Carolina, which experienced the worst of the storm. This year, the water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor.

In their letter, the legislators said the state needs to prepare for the federal disaster aid expected to flow into the state.

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Floodwaters of Hurricane Florence breached a dam Friday in the state of North Carolina, and forced an energy company to shut its natural gas plant in the area. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

In Wilmington, things kept creeping back closer to normal in the state's largest coastal city.

Cooper, meanwhile, has praised efforts of first responders who evacuated people from rising floodwaters.

The storm continues to severely hamper travel.

With the Great Pee Dee River receding, state officials said Interstate 95 in SC would reopen after a safety check, but travelers couldn't get very far since the highway was still closed in North Carolina because of the flooded Lumber River.

The water has receded in some places, but as it moves downstream, officials say, thousands of people could be in danger until next week. Some of them have been washed out entirely.

More than three dozen flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

"Additionally, new areas are flooding with little warning".

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