Florence aftermath is a 'nightmare' of swollen rivers, floods and rising deaths

Florence aftermath is a 'nightmare' of swollen rivers, floods and rising deaths

Lisa Shackleford hugs her pet dogs Izzy and Bella as she wades through flood waters to safety while the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.

Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia, including that of an 81-year-old whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC.

With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with muddy water, President Donald Trump visited the disaster zone, riding through soggy neighbourhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church.

A week after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, North Carolina is still feeling its effects, Governor Roy Cooper said.

In North Carolina, many started returning to flooded homes as the rivers receded.

Cooper said at a news conference Friday that the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard "heroically saved lives" when they rescued the people in the town of Kelly in Bladen County on Thursday night.

People wait for a distribution area to open and hand out MREs, water and tarps in Wilmington, N.C.

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2 billion in damage. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.

Officials says "danger still immediate" as record flooding continues to plague parts of the USA state.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat.

The Cape Fear River at Fayetteville crested at 61.5 feet on Wednesday, 4 feet higher than during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, while Interstate 40 flooding cut off Wilmington. North Carolina is one of the leading hog-producing states in the country.

Floodwaters have killed nearly three-and-a-half million chickens and over 5,000 hostages.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.

In South Carolina, two women died on Tuesday evening after a van taking the mental health patients from one facility to another was overtaken by rising floodwaters near the Little Pee Dee River, authorities said.

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.

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