Storm-Ravaged Carolinas Brace for More Flooding From Hurricane Florence

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The disaster recovery aid comes from a fund managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and managed in SC by the state Commerce Department and the state's disaster recovery office, which was created after the 2015 floods, he said.

Thousands of homes and roadways in the region remain underwater less than a week after the storm made landfall. Numerous smaller roads had restricted access, but it was easy to see the devastation Florence had wrought on the area.

He earlier visited a devastated community along North Carolina's Neuse River, speaking to residents in the flood ravaged town of New Bern.

Social media users have been sharing before and after pictures of the storm's destruction on Twitter. Teams from its operations in Arkansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia have gone to North Carolina to serve meals from the company's Meals that Matter mobile disaster relief truck.

"And the days and the months and even years ahead to make sure we build back to where we need to be here in North Carolina". One megawatt can power about 1,000 United States homes.

Police say they died on Tuesday when a sheriff's van transporting them was caught in floodwaters. "We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations and circumstances may change". Now that waters have receded, property owners along its banks are returning to survey the damage.

In South Carolina, workers with electricity provider Santee Cooper erected a temporary dike in hopes of preventing flooding of an old coal ash dump at the demolished Grainger Generating Station near Conway. Trump also rightfully thanked FEMA, the US Coast Guard, local law enforcement officials and the military for their incredible efforts.

"It is compelling and sobering to see these storms come in back-to-back seasons", said Jim Kossin, an atmospheric research scientist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Images of Interstate 95 released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation showed the highway flooded near Lumberton, and the department said there was still "no safe/reliable route" to or from Wilmington on Tuesday.

Numerous counties, too, still are recovering after being hit back-to-back with devastating flooding in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

In 1954, Hurricane Hazel tore through Haiti and North and SC, killing 95 people in the US and as many as 1,000 people in Haiti.

"You've broken all records - this is going to add 4, 5, 6 feet of water all over the state", he said.

Hewett said the Cape Fear River could crest to its highest historic level - about 62 feet - by Wednesday.

"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.