Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge

Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence's deluge

As of Monday evening, a number of roads in Craven County were also closed in section where flooding impacted the area, including Maple Cypress Road, Streets Ferry Road, Piney Neck Road, River Road near State Camp Road, Sand Hill Road near Dover.

Five people were arrested for breaking into a Dollar General Store, said the police department in Wilmington, which has imposed a nighttime curfew.

Because President Trump declared Virginia a disaster area in advance of the storm, and because federal officials agreed with the decision to evacuate, up to 75 percent of Virginia's liability could be reimbursed by the federal government, Layne said.

Though able to hold thousands of refugees from the storm, the shelters - one at Christopher Newport University in Newport News and the other at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg - were used by a combined total of 52 people.

North Carolina emergency department officials said 23 truckloads of Meals, Ready to Eat - packaged United States military rations - and crates of bottled water had been sent into Wilmington.

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"Things are getting better slowly, and we thank God for that", White said.

FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are working really hard on hurricane Florence.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area until at least Monday morning and said up to 8 inches (20 cm) more rain could fall in some areas, creating an elevated risk for landslides in Western North Carolina.

The storm, which is blamed for the deaths of at least 19 people, still had abundant rain and top winds around 30 miles per hour on Monday.

Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, was nearly completely cut off by land but emergency management teams managed to truck food and water overnight into the port city of 120,000 people. Officials warned residents to avoid driving around barricades.

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They did not say what had been stolen but said charges "are pending". The water receded Sunday, leaving hundreds of fallen trees and "pools of water everywhere".

Although these pictures didn't originate with Hurricane Florence, North Carolina may be facing similar problems to encountered after Hurricane Floyd.

The state board said it's already sending out state ballots for several counties that can't do so because of flooding, power and internet outages or because their offices are inaccessible.

"North Carolinians are resilient and we will come back from this". State officials also were monitoring the ongoing threat from the breach of a Duke Energy coal ash landfill near Wilmington.

But so far, the North Carolina Attorney General's office has received more than 500 complaints.

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