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In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 500 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

He added later, "Unfortunately, the money will be a lot but it's going to come". Using the average rainfall over the state, Florence dropped about 8.04 TRILLION gallons of rain on NC. Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways.

Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.

Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours on Tuesday (Wednesdasy NZT) for handouts of food, water and tarps.

President Donald Trump sought to offer comfort Wednesday to families who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring "America grieves for you" as he arrived in North Carolina to survey damage left by the powerful storm. In a letter, he said, the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

In a Friday press conference, McMaster said the state's resources and personnel had shifted to the PeeDee region. "Matthew came through ... and now we're faced with Florence", said Jason Jones, a fifth-generation farmer in Craven County. About a dozen rivers in North and SC have overflowed their banks. It's the second time they've evacuated in a week.

"We've been working to address environmental hazards caused by industrial waste mismanagement in North Carolina for over two decades", said Will Hendrick, Waterkeeper Alliance staff attorney and manager of the Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign in a statement received by EcoWatch. "We had too much rain even before the storm", West said Thursday.

Florence is responsible for the deaths of 32 people in North Carolina.

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Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state's river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, while parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will remain underwater for another week or more.

Authorities are also investigating the deaths of two mental health patients in Horry County.

Police say they died on Tuesday when a sheriff's van transporting them was caught in floodwaters. People shouldn't drive on any of the roads east of I-95 or south of USA 70. "I can't tell you why, but I love that area". "The road may be there, it may not be there".

The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.

The company noted it has been excavating the plant's ash ponds since 2014, and has removed about 90 percent of it.

The ash left over when coal is burned to generate electricity coal ash contains an array of components, including mercury, lead, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the Carolinas with over 4 million customers, said it had restored power to more than 1.7 million of its almost 1.8 million customers affected by the storm. According to the plan, that means a dam failure is either imminent or in progress.

They are able to survive in flood waters for weeks on end, until waters subside and the ants can return back to dry land. Now they are staying in a shelter at a Bladen County high school.

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