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Trump's NC Visit Comes As Governor Pleads For Florence Evacuees' Patience

Trump's NC Visit Comes As Governor Pleads For Florence Evacuees' Patience Trump's NC Visit Comes As Governor Pleads For Florence Evacuees' Patience
Theresa Hayes | 19 September, 2018, 18:10

The dead include a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him.

The Lumber River overflows onto a stretch Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., September 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence.

That's the takeaway from recent viral news stories coming out in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, which are drawing attention to the plight of the animals left behind as owners are forced to flee the flooded region.

"One thing we know is that sunshine doesn't necessarily mean safety", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a late-afternoon press conference and warned the 15,000 residents living in shelters against returning home too soon.

Rescue teams try to reach hundreds of stranded people and race against rising rivers and floods that could last for days after Florence dumped record rain on the Carolinas and killed at least 31 people. He urged residents who were evacuated from the hardest-hit areas to stay away because of closed roads and catastrophic flooding that submerged entire communities.

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

Wilmington's mayor, Bill Saffo, said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into the city. More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents.

Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.

At the White House, President Donald Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath. The smell of broken pine trees wafted through damaged neighborhoods.

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

Florence dumped close to 36 inches of rain, according to totals measured in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

The NBA, the Hornets and Fanatics will donate 100% of the net proceeds of the "Carolina Strong" T-shirt to the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

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.

In Lumberton, where the Lumber River inundated homes, Fire Chief John Paul Ivey couldn't even count how many calls authorities had received about people needing to be rescued.