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Local groups start relief drive for victims of Hurricane Florence

20 September 2018

Though slow-moving Florence has moved into the U.S. northeast, allowing glimpses of sunlight in the waterlogged state, at least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage with three others set to crest in the coming days, the state said. "I can't tell you why, but I love that area".

Sixteen rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak in the next two days, he said.

Florence has killed at least 33 people since coming ashore as a hurricane on Friday, including 26 in North Carolina and six in SC. He praised first responders and said the country mourns with the families of the at least 36 people killed by Florence.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday promised that North and SC would have strong federal support as they recovered from the devastation of deadly Hurricane Florence, whose floodwaters continue to threaten the region.

Recently, Trump has angrily challenged the almost 3,000 deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.

After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.

North Carolina's Cape Fear River is expected to crest at about 62 feet Wednesday, putting thousands in harm's way. "I'm still hopeful", said Lynn about his home which now has water up to the front step. Residents in New Hanover County and neighboring Pender and Brunswick counties were warned Tuesday not to come home because some routes could flood again and sinkholes were developing under some submerged roads. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake.

Almost 19 inches (48 centimeters) of rain fell over the city of Kinston, which was flooded by Neuse River waters rising to over 20 feet (6 meters).

Trump arrived in SC by helicopter a short time after he toured storm-damaged areas of neighbouring North Carolina.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said.

The president met Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the ground in North Carolina. "Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to".

The sewage spill took place over six days, starting September 13 and ending September 18.

"Thank you, Mr. President, for coming to North Carolina as our rescue and recovery continues", Cooper said.

Troxler said 2,800 hogs and 1.8 million birds died from Hurricane Matthew.

"Can I have a hug?" the little boy asked while Trump visited a local church in North Carolina. Trump's motorcade then drove through a storm-damaged neighborhood where piles of water-logged sofa cushions, mattresses and downed trees lined streets and boats lay on their sides after washing up along a grassy shore.

Local groups start relief drive for victims of Hurricane Florence