More flooding feared for SC

More flooding feared for SC

More flooding feared for SC

He said during a news briefing Saturday that the state is using drones to get photos and videos from the site of a dam breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station in Wilmington and at the H.F. Lee Power Plant near Goldsboro. Griff Jenkins reports from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

In South Carolina, the flood was far from over.

Regan said that at the H.F. Lee plant, DEQ employees have seen that coal ash has left the basin and entered floodwaters.

Officials are also anxious about contamination and environmental hazards from the storm, including the potential effects of coal ash.

Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said during a news briefing Saturday that residents who register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be able to begin the process Monday.

In Bladen County, North Carolina, about 100 people and 33 animals were rescued "in a unsafe operation in the middle of the night" after a dam burst, Cooper said in another post.

The program will be available to residents in nine counties initially and then will be expanded to other counties. "Some locations won't see rivers crest until this weekend and flooding won't subside until next week", he said in a Twitter post.

He also urged residents of southeastern North Carolina to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders. "Due to this, travel isn't recommended south of United States 64", it said.

In North Carolina, a familiar story was unfolding as many places that flooded in Hurricane Matthew in 2016 were once again inundated.


Cooper said the flooding continues to make travel risky in hard-hit areas.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighborhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.

The flooding from Florence has also caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store manure from pig farms, to overflow in North Carolina, possibly contaminating standing water, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality. The National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat.

Forecasters say it now poses no threats to land.

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.

About 4,700 people across North Carolina have been rescued by boat or helicopter since the storm made landfall, twice as many as in Hurricane Matthew two years ago, while about 10,000 remain in shelters.

Along the river, David Lloydand Benetta White and their four children were given short notice to evacuate overnight as floodwaters swept over their property.

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. By the time they got loaded into their van, water was waist-high and they had to slog through a foul-smelling soup to get to a neighbor's pickup.

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