FLORENCE AFTERMATH: Rising water from Waccamaw River puts Conway in gridlock

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 22, 2018

Cooper warned that flooding from Hurricane Florence will continue into next week and will continue to put lives at risk.

State Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker said via phone that the drone operations will continue over the highway as the agency works to identify flooded and troubled areas.

The animals killed by Florence will be buried, composted or "rendered" for usable parts, state officials said.

At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher and higher.

Thirty-one deaths have been attributed to the storm in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.

McMaster also says while the sun is shining and the rain is over, the worst is still to come.

Water from the flooded Waccamaw River surrounds a house in Conway, S.C., earlier this week.

The town has largely been cut off by flooding from the still-rising Lumber River, which was expected to crest on Wednesday.

The dam will provide support to the dike around a pond "where most of the ash still onsite remains", Santee Cooper said in a statement Thursday.

Florence County emergency management officials issued the order Friday morning for about 500 people along 58 roads and streets in the area. The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday.

But they said access to the city of 120,000 was still limited and asked people who evacuated to wait a few more days.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North and SC, where flood levels continue to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

McMaster said Friday he had "contacted or attempted to speak personally with the families of everyone who we lost during this crisis, this tragedy", including the families of Newton and Green.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia, including that of an 81-year-old whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC. More than half the dead were found in vehicles.

That's what happened in Wilmington, North Carolina, after the storm. The waters there have now receded, but only after flooding homes like Mary Mosely's.

"Major flooding is underway on several North and SC rivers, including the Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear, Lumber, Waccamaw, PeeDee and Little PeeDee", the USGS warned in a news release earlier this week. They were met by silty mud on walls and floors, blown out windows and awful odors.

The South Carolina governor estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion.

The storm formerly known as Florence - which hit North Carolina as a Hurricane last Friday and then proceeded to drop historic rainfall over much of the state - has brought catastrophic and deadly flooding to inland cities and coastal communities alike.

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