Hurricane Florence: Swelling rivers and fresh evacuation orders, North Carolina struggles

The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18 7 a.m

The National Weather Service radar map shows the rain storm over New Hampshire on Sept. 18 7 a.m. Credit NWS

For example, the Cape Fear River in North Carolina crested at 61.6 feet on Wednesday - more than 25 feet above flood stage and 7 feet below the all-time record.

President Trump once again told survivors of a killer hurricane to "have a good time, " offering the ill-timed comment on Wednesday, during a tour of storm-ravaged North Carolina.

Fayetteville city manager Doug Hewett said he's concerned that with the rain gone, the residents may become complacent and try to get back home, which could be unsafe.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter patrols flooded streets and homes in Burgaw, NC., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

"I'm just assuming, based on the depth of the water that we had in North Carolina and the amount of rainfall, that we probably will exceed what we had in Matthew", Commissioner Steve Troxler said in an interview after flying over flooded areas.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come in the Pee Dee", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Friday, referring to the eastern part of the state.

Commodity handler Cargill Inc closed an animal-feed facility in Roanoke, Virginia, and another facility in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that handles salt, oils and grains, because they are in active flood zones, spokeswoman April Nelson said on Monday.

Finally, the rain that fell well inland continues to work its way through the region's streams and rivers as it makes its way to the sea.

The National Weather Service reported flooding at 30 river gauges on Thursday, 12 of them major, mainly in North Carolina, but also in SC and Virginia. No area improvements were made after Matthew, she said, and a frustrated Mauer has no faith any will happen now. Early farm reports confirm pre-storm worries about losses to tobacco, cotton and corn crops.

- A day after Gov. Roy Cooper called for an October special session to approve initial funding needs for the Hurricane Florence recovery, legislative leaders said they're prepared to meet next week. "Same levee. Same dams".

Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet.

Kevin Tovornik is tearing up the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, South Carolina, to try to save it. Bridges are starting to close because of flooding, he said, and friends were struck in traffic for four hours trying to get through the town of 23,000 people.

"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen", Tovornik said.

Flood waters and downed trees nearly entirely cut off Wilmington from the rest of the state, after Florence dropped more than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain over the coastal city. A photograph posted by the state transportation agency showed flowing water and buckled asphalt on a highway that had been one of the few passable routes into the city, where officials have distributed food and water to residents.

In Bladen County, North Carolina, around 100 people and 33 animals were rescued "in a risky operation in the middle of the night" after a dam burst, Governor Roy Cooper said in a twitter post on Friday.

White and Lloyd, who live in the North Carolina town of Kelly, were given little time Thursday night to evacuate when the Cape Fear River came rushing onto their property.

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