Florence-weary Carolinas prepare for more flooding

Hurricane Florence

Jim Fraboni is preparing for the worst as an "unheard" amount of floodwater from Hurricane Florence is slowly flowing through the Carolinas. "We thought we weren't in a flood-prone area, but we had a pretty good scare", he said. "PETA urges everyone to take personal responsibility, not shrug this tragedy off, and actually help stop future suffering by going vegan so that animals are no longer forced to endure the many types of cruelty inherent in the meat industry".

State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper warned residents to "stay alert" as water rises.

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by floodwaters on Thursday.

After the press conference began, Trump insisted someone pull up a chair for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to give him a seat at the table, prompting laughs from the officials gathered to address the devastating impact of the storm. The deputies were able to climb atop the van as waters inundated the vehicle. More than 200 roads across the state were closed or blocked as residents.

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At least 36 people have died as a result of the storm, according to CNN.

As lead author Julia Kravchenko concludes, "Poor health outcomes in North Carolina communities adjacent to hog CAFOs may need to be addressed by improving access to medical resources, including disease screenings and early diagnosis, and interventions for conditions that affect infant mortality and low birth weight". They've been moving many of their belongings to the attic, hoping the water won't rise higher than their house in Horry County, South Carolina.

Chris Ross has been staying at a shelter since he fled his Fayetteville home about a week ago when the National Guard pulled people out of his neighborhood. "It's wearing on a lot of people here, trying to keep their sanity together".

Allison Cavenaugh and her husband, who own a home and a poultry farm with 80,000 chickens in Wallace, North Carolina, returned home for the first time this week on a boat just to find out that their chickens have drowned.

"It's all gone", Cavenaugh told WRAL.

The North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) argues, however, that in the years following Floyd, the hog industry has taken "significant steps" to minimize the threat of flooding, even closing 334 lagoons located on flood plains. "The footprint of flooding from this storm covers much of the same area hit by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which only worsens the burden on these farmers". Smith also grows sweet potatoes, and doesn't know when he's going to get back out to harvest them.

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