When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

1.7 million chickens drown as North Carolina rivers swollen by Florence

1.7 million chickens drown as North Carolina rivers swollen by Florence

One the eve of his trip to the Carolinas to survey the damage from Hurricane Florence, President Trump appeared in a video in which he described the storm as "one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water".

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 neighborhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church.

As he passed out supplies, one boy wearing a hat approached the president. "God bless you", he said during a briefing at a marine base in Havelock, North Carolina.

"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe", Trump said.

"Now you made me cry!" noted one of the woman volunteers.

The investigation has been handed over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the sheriff's office has launched an internal investigation, officials said.

"Florence dumped up to 36" (91cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina and many areas remained cut off by floodwaters and inundated roads.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion in a letter that says the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history. "The worst is yet to come". He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes".

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

"Now it looks nice, but it's really the calm before the storm", he said.

In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase. McMaster asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid. Less than 8 percent of Florence stories in the 50 top-circulation United States newspapers (9/9-16/18) mentioned climate change-and only 4 percent of segments on major TV outlets.

He indicated that the federal government has the resources and money to help.

Governor Cooper thanked the president for coming. While company spokesperson Erin Culbert asserts, "We don't have any indication that the ash has gone to the cooling pond", he has promised to continue monitoring the situation.

Trump spent the run-up to the storm focused on criticism of the federal response to a hurricane that battered Puerto Rico a year ago, rejecting the official death toll of almost 3,000 and claiming Democrats manufactured the number to make him "look bad". The enduring image of the trip was of Trump at a church lobbing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets.

Marie Harf added that Trump seems to be selective in the documents he'd like to be declassified. More than 300 businesses were damaged, and 455 people needed rescuing from the swirling flood waters strong enough to toss unmoored boats into backyards. But critics quickly dubbed it inappropriate for the grim crisis at hand. That's four times its normal height.

"It's getting a little frustrating, but you have to deal with it and roll with the punches", said Roberta Keithley, 73.

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