Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 26, 2018

Denise Milligan holds her grandson, 2-year-old Hunter, and two of her dogs above the water as she is escorted to dry ground at Lee's Landing Circle, Sept. 21, 2018 in Conway, 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. She said flooding is expected to begin Tuesday near parts of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers and people in potential flood zones should plan to leave their homes Monday.

SC also has ordered more evacuations as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that has claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast more than a week ago.

The county opened two emergency shelters on Monday, and hotels outside the flood zone in nearby Myrtle Beach were offering discounts to evacuees. "It's a matter of time before it subsides", he said early on Monday. The fish were found on Interstate 40.

A North Carolina woman who provided refuge for more than two dozen animals after Hurricane Florence barreled into the Carolina coast has been arrested and faces numerous criminal charges.

Florence killed 44 people - 33 in North Carolina, nine in SC and two in Virginia. About 2,200 people were in shelters, compared with a high of around 20,000, the governor said. A FEMA coordinator said about 69,000 people from North Carolina already have registered for assistance. She opened the unregistered space for evacuating owners to drop off their pets, aiming to provide a safe, dry home for them to wait out the storm.

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The county's emergency management director, Sam Hodge, said in a video message posted online that authorities are closely watching river gauges and law enforcement would be going door to door in any threatened areas. But there was some good news: Interstate 95 was reopened to all traffic Sunday night for the first time since the floods.

North Carolina legislators say they're working on a disaster relief bill that will address extended public school closures and teacher pay issues resulting from Hurricane Florence. She said they had been remodeling the warehouse to turn it into a state-approved shelter.

Remnants of the once-mighty storm brought heavy rains across a swath of the country, prompting flood watches and warnings from Texas to Virginia and Maryland, at least through Monday, the weather service said. The proposal was part of broader disaster funding that the General Assembly will consider in an anticipated special session.

Residents in areas that aren't expected to flood were also being urged to evacuate since roads may be cut off, according to a statement by Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach cited by CBS Charleston, S.C. affiliate WCSC-TV. It's expected to peak at 22 feet (6.7 meters) at Conway on Wednesday.

Forecasters said the county will see at least 10 feet of flooding beginning today and is expected to last for several days.

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