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.
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.
At least 27 of the deaths happened in North Carolina.
As torrential rains from the storm filled local waterways and flooded nearby roads, Smith, one of hundreds of local farmers in a state known for its poultry and hog operations, found himself cut off from supplies, power and any way to move his birds out.
More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents.
The National Weather Service says the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.
More than 62,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on September 14, according to local power companies. "I'm really not sure what it's going to be like after it's all over", Bender said, estimating that the floodwaters are four to five feet higher than they were after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. "We know agricultural losses will be significant because the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in our state", said agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler in a press release.
Most of the storm deaths have occurred in vehicles, reports the AP.
The potatoes can be picked by hand, but "we use a plow that flips them out of the ground", he said. "Same levee. Same dams". What have we been doing for two years?.
The Waccamaw is expected to reach perhaps 20 feet next week, almost 10 feet past flood stage and two feet past the record set during Matthew two years ago.
"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen", Tovornik said.
For the first time since Florence ravaged North Carolina, residents in the island town of Wrightsville Beach were allowed to return home Tuesday. By the time they loaded their van, the water was waist-high and they had to slog through a foul-smelling soup to get to a neighbor's pickup.
Donald Trump told a Hurricane Florence victim whose home was destroyed by the storm 'At least you got a nice boat out of the deal'.
President Trump walked through downtown Conway and around Long Avenue to visit with families in flooded areas with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
Jim Fraboni is preparing for the worst as an "unheard" amount of floodwater from Hurricane Florence is slowly flowing through the Carolinas. The administration also is working with congressional leaders on the federal disaster assistance request, Cooper's office said in a statement.
Trenton, N.C., before and after the historic rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence.