Millions of chickens, thousands of pigs died in Florence in North Carolina

Jan Cross
September 22, 2018

More than 54,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas were still without power on Friday, a week after Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on September 14, according to local power companies.

While Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm by the time it struck the area on September 15, it still managed to dump a record 23 inches of rain in SC and 35 inches in North Carolina, over the course of just four days.

That figure is down from a peak of over 2.2 million customers who were affected by the storm in several Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states over the past week.

"All of that water is coming your way and people don't know that and they assume, you look outside and you see this lovely weather but over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in SC".

Six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring SC, with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

When the water eventually recedes, North Carolina residents will have to not only deal with the usual clean-up challenges but also added health-risks caused by its key industries: pig farming and coal power generation.

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"I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done".

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

The town of Wilmington still remains largely isolated, with no safe routes in or out. Sixty of its 880 broiler houses in North Carolina flooded and another six broiler houses experienced damage. "As defenders of the state's rivers, lakes and streams, we're committed to documenting conditions and alerting the public to threats to public health and environmental quality stemming from Hurricane Florence". The storm also closed 1,200 North Carolina roads, including 357 primary roads. "First of all, I think we're all just thankful it wasn't the monster that it was forecast as earlier in the week", he said.

He said the town has no water, no sewage, no gasoline and they have been told that they won't have power for eight days.

"We are anxious right now that the water is gonna come up 4 feet higher than Hurricane Matthew levels, which were an all-time record and that's going to be pretty devastating", City Administrator Adam Emrick said. And waste from those hog farms has been leaking into floodwaters. Some of them have been washed out entirely. This year, the water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor. He also said that Democrats would start to criticize the government response to the storm, and "this will be a total lie, but that's what they do, and everybody knows it!" 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". One man had time to build a 6-foot-high (1.8-meter) dirt berm around his house.

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