1.7 million chickens drowned in Florence flooding

Jan Cross
September 19, 2018

"It is ridiculous that we don't have enough fuel supplies back in this area", Stephanie Schauer, 39, a contractor, said as she waited her turn at the gas pump.

Residents of the Carolinas struggled to return to normalcy on Tuesday after taking a beating from Hurricane Florence, but their efforts were hindered by standing water and additional flooding expected from already swollen rivers.

President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct".

The Cape Fear River was also expected to keep rising in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday, including portions of Interstates 40 and 95. A motorboat was the only way for nurse Iris Locklear to get to work.

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"We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned", DiPaola warned in his now-viral tweet, showing the pups clawing at their cage's door as the rescuers approached.

"It's awful", said Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state, where the rising Cape Fear River was expected to swamp bridges and cut his city in two. "The next few days will be long ones as the flooding continues". On Tuesday, logs and other debris became trapped under a rail bridge as rushing brown water pushed against the span.

A vehicle sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, N.C. Emergency workers reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people statewide. Cooper said more counties are likely to be added in coming days.

In addition, the company reported there are about 6.33 million chicken at about 30 farms in the Lumberton area isolated by floodwaters and now unreachable.

"There's too much going on..." Emergency workers reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people and around 575 animals, he said. Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 245,000, almost all in North Carolina.

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