Eerie scenes as floods leave hundreds of fish scattered across road
Eerie scenes as floods leave hundreds of fish scattered across road
Dozens of homes are surrounded by floodwaters brought to the area by Hurricane Florence in Pender County N.C. on Saturday Sept. 22 2018
25 September, 2018, 18:11
"I'm going to go one day at a time", Lowrimore said as the river ruined the church he built nearly 20 years ago. But farmers say flooding from Hurricane Florence could completely erase this year's harvest and any profit.
"We thought this might be coming".
Residents in one flooded SC town took a boat to church Sunday.
The soggy remnants of Florence keep causing chaos in coastal SC long after the hurricane swirled ashore, with rivers still flowing far beyond their banks and a new storm gathering more rain just offshore. So much water is coming that it is backing up other rivers that aren't even flooding.
Flooding, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on September 21, 2018.
The county has recommended nearly 8,000 people leave their homes - more than 10 percent of the population.
Georgetown County is opening two shelters for those who evacuate.
As floodwaters from the hurricane begin to recede more a week after the storm made landfall, first responders on Saturday came across hundreds of dead fish on a stretch of Interstate 40 that had been hit hard by flooding. The blocked road has traffic snarled around Conway and the Waccamaw River continues to rise past record levels.
State transportation crews were working to erect temporary dams on either side of U.S. Highway 17, the main coastal route through the area, and National Guard engineers were installing a floating bridge at Georgetown in case the highway is washed out at the river. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest and remain at flood stage through the early part of the week, and parts of Interstates 95 and 40 are expected to remain underwater for another week or more.
Power outages and the number of people in shelters were also declining.
In Washington, lawmakers considered nearly $1.7 billion in new money for disaster relief and recovery, even as they face a deadline this week to fund the government before the October 1 start of the new budget year. Moody's Analytics offered a preliminary estimate that Florence has caused $40 billion in damage and $4 billion in lost economic output. The worst disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, cost $192.2 billion in today's dollars, while last year's Hurricane Harvey cost $133.5 billion.
Down in Georgetown County, it is a disaster almost two weeks in the making.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture reports they have requested a grant from FEMA to help farmers recover from Hurricane Florence. "That's what we did", Hedges said, USA Todayreported. "Now I don't know what to do". Then they moved the pews to higher ground. "The anticipation has been nerve-wracking". She said they had been remodeling the warehouse to turn it into a state-approved shelter.
"The work has been done", Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber said. "We just want to go back to what we do".
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