Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go homeWILMINGTON, N.C.

Lynette Rowe
September 21, 2018

The flooding has caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store manure from pig farms, to overflow in North Carolina, creating a risk that standing water will be contaminated, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality. He called Florence "one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country" and promised federal support for disaster relief. "I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done".

In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River was expected to reach major flood stage at 58 feet (17.6 meters) on Monday and to hit almost 62 feet (18.9 meters) on Tuesday before receding.

Potential environmental problems remained.

"Life expectancy in North Carolina communities near hog CAFOs remains low, even after adjusting for socioeconomic factors that are known to affect people's health and lifespan", senior author H. Kim Lyerly said in a statement. (Three papers-the East Bay Times, San Jose Mercury News and Orange County Register-ran no stories on Florence.) Aside from the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer (6 out of 32 stories) and Washington Post (4 out of 49) were the only other papers to reference climate change in Florence stories more than three times.

In Conway, S.C., he walked through a neighbourhood where a street was under water.

The President then met with local and state officials, SC senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and Congressman Tom Rice at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, assuring them that Washington is behind the county and will provide federal help.

Santee Cooper, a SC electric utility, is installing inflatable dams around a coal ash pond at the former Grainger Generating Station in Conway as the Waccamaw River rises, the company said.

Twenty flood gauges showed some level of flooding in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, where some major waterways, well above their flood stages, were expected to rise through the weekend before they crest, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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In South Carolina, farmers face damage to cotton, peanut and hemp crops, the state said.

Then there is the danger of coal ash polluting the water supply as well.

The department's spokeswoman Megan Thorpe told CNN that the facility's cooling pond was "overtopping", and the state sent a crew to get additional information.

The LV Sutton coal power plant was retired in 2013, and today the plant operates as a natural gas plant, which Duke said continued to operate safely and is being monitored.

Five-year-old Carter, who goes to kindergarten at Conway Elementary School, was wondering why he hasn't been to school for the past week.

The slow-moving storm made landfall last Friday as a Category 1 hurricane.

In a 2015 interview, Tim Davis, an entomologist and senior extension agent with Clemson University said: "If the water rises, they kind of all grab a hold of each other, and they can do this for several days, until they reach higher ground". "I am heartbroken", she wrote in a text.

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