The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

A Sanderson Farms facility in Lumberton N.C

Roads have been so impassable in Kinston, North Carolina, the National Guard has used helicopters to distribute water.

More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighborhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said. They don't know whose boat that is.

In South Carolina, the flood was far from over. Parts of the main north-south route on the East coast, Interstate 95, and the main road to Wilmington, Interstate 40, remain flooded and will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.

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.

As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC.

McMaster joked that if someone were looking for water or rain, "you've come to the right place".

Authorities have said that 23 out of the 46 counties in SC could potentially be impacted by flooding.

Some of those who left shelters may have been headed toward the coast on USA 421, where a long line of cars, utility crews and trucks loaded with generators sat in a jam.

"There was something missing from what President Trump said ... the empathy for the people who suffer", former president George W. Bush's press secretary Ari Fleischer told Fox News afterward.

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More than 110,000 customers in North Carolina still did not have electricity by Thursday afternoon. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn't get the rear doors open, and the two patients drowned inside the van.

Pierre-Louis reports that locals have long protested the region's large-scale hog farming, which they say has a detrimental effect on their health and well-being.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy", Sheriff Phillip Thompson told the Greenville News. He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes".

"This sanctuary was built in 1909, and it never flooded until Hurricane Matthew", Benfield said.

"This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory".

Pig waste often gets flushed into nearby lagoons in the state, and because of the heavy rain and flooding from the tropical storm, 21 such pig-manure lagoons "overtopped" and released that pig waste into the environment, according to numbers released by North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality today (Sept. 19).

Association CEO Graham Boyd said about 40 percent of the crop was still in the field when the storm hit.

More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam at a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents.

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