President Donad Trump’s caravan left Cherry Point air station at 11:20 Am and traveled 20 miles to New Bern, with miles of traffic stopped in the eastbound lane, with s.cores of drivers leaving their cars to view and wave.
Officials previously had estimated that about 1.7 million chickens had drowned and that the number of potential hog deaths was unknown.
North Carolina is the nation’s top producer of tobacco, which remains one of the most valuable crops for farmers. “In another foot, I’ll be heartbroken”, he added.
Numerous state’s 2,100 hog farms “are returning to normal”, according to the North Carolina Pork Council.
ANALYSIS: You’ll get no argument from us there.
“Mr. President, we’ve got a long road ahead”, Cooper said, “and the days and the months and even years ahead to make sure we build back to where we need to be here in North Carolina”, Cooper said.
The latest victims in SC were identified as Wendy Wenton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, by the Marion County Coroner, US media report.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Waccamaw River in Conway, which was already at 13.5 feet above flood level on September 19, and was expected to rise by 1.5 feet a day starting September 20.
He sympathized with those who were forced to flee and are now relying on government-distributed bottled water and ready-to-eat field rations.
The Cape Fear river was expected to crest at 61.5ft (19 meters), four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 near the Fort Bragg army base in the southern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
In this aerial photo taken September 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence.
The death toll has reached at least 37 across three states. Residents stuck in the city have lined up to receive food, water and other supplies.
Home to nine million pigs, North Carolina is known for its hog “lagoons” – human-made pits or dugouts – that store animal waste and allow it to decompose to reduce pollution. A woman blew a whistle each time drivers had to pull forward. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.
Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week. “We take a lot of pride in what we do”.
“It’s been pretty bad”, said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.
“They’ve given it a lot of time, they will continue to give it a lot of time, and really, it’s up to the Senate”, he said.
In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church.
Trump called Florence “one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country” and promised federal support for disaster relief.