After The Rains, Casualties Mount Amid Florence's Still-Rising Floodwaters

‘One of the wettest… from the standpoint of water’ is everyone’s favorite new Trump meme

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs.

Florence "ravaged" the Carolinas, leaving thousands of people without power and forced to evacuate areas in both states.

When storms such as Harvey, which struck Texas last year, and Florence come to a virtual stall, a deluge of rain can fall in the matter of days, equal to what an area typically sees in a year, they said.

More than a dozen rivers in North and SC already have overflowed their banks and the water - particularly the Waccamaw River, which spans both states - is expected to swell putting additional residents in harm's way. North and SC both backed Trump in the 2016 election, and the president largely saw people who were happy to greet him.

"We've got a long road ahead in the days, months and even years ahead to make sure we build back to where we need to be in North Carolina", he said.

In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church.

McMaster has requested federal disaster-recovery funds be made available for 23 of South Carolina's 46 counties.

"That's not good. We're going to find out", he said.

In South Carolina, two of the victims were mental health patients who died during an effort to transport them to another facility on Tuesday. "We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations and circumstances may change".

‘One of the wettest… from the standpoint of water’ is everyone’s favorite new Trump meme

At the same time, meteorologists can't please the residents of North Carolina and SC.

"The rain and the water you see out there now is just the beginning", he said.

The Horry County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that when the waters overtook the van, they rose too quickly for the pair to be saved.

"We will be there 100 percent", pledged Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers.

Florence was slowly moving northeast, where tornadoes associated with the storm hit Virginia.

"Just like you, we have questions we want answered".

Poultry processor Sanderson Farms reported that 60 of its 880 broiler houses in North Carolina had flooded, as did four of its broiler houses, which led to the destruction of 1.7m head.

Henry McMaster says the state's financial losses from Florence are estimated at more than $1.2 billion.

Augustin Dieudomme looks out at the flooded entrance to his apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C., September 18, 2018. But the lagoons, many of which are close to rivers and low-lying land currently swamped by Florence, are now posing a threat to residents and the environment. During Hurricane Floyd, in 1999, tons of hog excrement seeped into rivers in the state, wiping out fish.

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