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1.7 million chickens drown as North Carolina rivers swollen by Florence

19 September 2018

Heavy rains and swelling rivers are still a... How will Florence affect NYC? The storm is being blamed for at least 37 deaths in three states.

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 50 feet (15 meters) toward a crest that was predicted to be more than 25 feet above flood level.

The storm dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said.

Authorities say two female inmates being transported to a mental health facility in SC drowned in rising flood waters after the van they were in was swept away. High-water rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.

"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan, who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, said last week in a statement posted on the team's website announcing its charity work. So far, several people have died after being swept up in the storm waters, and falling trees have killed two small children. Now dozens of people are missing after a massive landslide buried the structures.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

Crews have conducted about 700 rescues in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located.

In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed. Residents in the nearby town of Conway worry that's going to send water from the rising Waccamaw River to flood their homes instead.

Workers will begin handing out supplies to stranded residents in the city of 120,000 people beginning Tuesday morning, county officials say. "It's been days since the storm".

The incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.

"The Company estimates that approximately 1.7 million head of broiler chickens out of an average live inventory of approximately 20 million head, ranging in age from six days to sixty-two days, were destroyed as a result of flooding", Sanderson Farms said in a statement this week. False alarms about dam failures have caused panic in a state where there is a lot of concern about whether many dams already in poor condition will hold as rivers keep rising.

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding, wind damage and prompted at least one tornado warning, the weather service said.

1.7 million chickens drown as North Carolina rivers swollen by Florence