Trump mocked for puzzling statistic on flooding in Carolinas

Florence death toll jumps to 31 as flooding wreaks havoc - The Jakarta Post

Storm-ravaged Carolinas brace for even more Florence flooding

The crisis from Hurricane Florence is slowly moving to SC along with the trillions of gallons of water dumped by the storm. Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways.

Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.

While most peoples' lights are back on in the Carolinas and Virginia and trucks are picking up mountains of storm debris in many areas, water draining toward the sea from inland areas is sending rivers over their banks across a wide region.

As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC. "The damage in the northeastern part of our state will be catastrophic, surpassing anything recorded in modern history".

"One of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water".

SC governor Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2bn in damage.

Local Republicans and other dignitaries expressed their appreciation for Trump, including U.S. Representative David Rouzer, who noted Trump's "great heart", and New Hanover County commissioner Woody White, who said "all of these next two or three or four phases of recovery are better because of the preparation, the economy you have created".

Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water.

The flood has been giving so much warning to Horry County, South Carolina, that officials published a detailed map of places that flooded in 2016 and warned those same places were going underwater again.

"They need to be prepared no matter how the skies are looking like, the floods are coming".

"Georgetown", County Administrator Sel Hemingway tells ABC News.

Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that there were 31 storm-related deaths statewide.

In South Carolina, floodwaters heavily affected some crops, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers told Southern Farm Network.

Officers say it appears the water knocked the man's auto off the roadway. That includes those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. Corner Donnie Grimsley said Friday morning that he's still working to contact the victim's family before he releases the name.

He warned South Carolinians to not drive over roads covered with water.

In South Carolina, the flood was far from over.

And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where USA 17 was impassable.

Officials continue to be anxious about contamination and environmental hazards resulting from the storm, including the potential impact of coal ash, an industrial waste created by coal-burning power plants that can carry health risks.

The deaths, which have occurred in three states, include those of two women who were being taken to a mental health facility when the van they were riding in was engulfed by floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River in SC, authorities said.

Sheehan said floodwaters also had overtopped a steel retaining wall containing one of three large coal ash dumps lining the lakeshore.

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

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