North Carolina governor says floodwaters still "treacherous" after Florence

Steve Helber  APHog farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C. Sept. 16 2018

Steve Helber APHog farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C. Sept. 16 2018

The Trent rose to almost twice the height of its flood stage, according to NASA, and the imagery reveals how the river rose and overwhelmed the surrounding landscape. At least 43 people have died since the hurricane slammed into the coast more than a week ago.

Cooper said Saturday that nine of the state's river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate flood stage. They also warned people to not get caught off guard as rivers that briefly receded were periodically rising back.

The governor said the cooperation with other federal agencies is the best it's ever been, adding "we are confident we will come out of this".

While some roads are not flooded, they may have damage and hazardous debris that makes it unsafe to drive or walk on them, state officials said.

"I'm so sad just thinking about all the work we put in".

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was still mostly cut off by floodwaters on Friday. Residential streets have turned into rivers and freeways have morphed into waterways.

Kenny Babb retrieves a paddle that floated away on his flooded property as the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N.C. 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.

It moved slowly over the affected region, bringing two days of heavy rain, bringing non-stop flooding caused by storm surges and rivers bursting their banks.

Some 3.4 million poultry birds were killed in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

In South Carolina, the flooding has damaged cotton, peanut and hemp crops.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimates 100 million to 125 million pounds of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages.

Assessments of the storm's economic and environmental impact are under way.

Coal ash is an industrial waste created by coal-burning power plants, and can carry health risks.

At Fayetteville, about 160 kilometres inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span's top deck.

"Water is now exiting the cooling lake through breaches - one large and several smaller - on the southern end of the impoundment", the statement said.

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