Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Major flooding lingers more than a week after Florence

Major flooding lingers more than a week after Florence

State Department of Transportation officials and the South Carolina National Guard plan to set up barriers along the lowest spots of US 17, using sandbags and water-filled temporary dams, similar to what the SCDOT installed along USA 501 in Conway. He asked congressional leaders to hurry federal aid.

The animals came from the streets, where volunteers found them, and from owners who had to evacuate but couldn't bring their pets with them, said Kathie Davidson, who volunteers for a nonprofit group that Hedges founded a few years ago in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

But the port city of more than 9,000 stands in the path of what the National Weather Service has said could be significant flooding as water dumped by the storm system drains to the ocean.

"Florence is gone, but the storm's devastation is still with us", Cooper said at a news conference.

Thompson has opened an internal investigation into the incident, which happened while two of his deputies were transporting two female mental patients as floodwaters in northeastern SC rose after Hurricane Florence.

"From boots on the ground to technology that we have, we are trying to be able to get the message out", Hodge said, warning people not to wait for an official evacuation order if they begin to feel unsafe. Thousands of people remained in shelters.

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Trogdon says 400 roads statewide are still closed and almost 1,900 road sites will require work in the coming weeks and months. Interstate 95 was reopened to all traffic Sunday night for the first time since the floods, and Cooper said Monday that a previously closed portion of Interstate 40 had reopened sooner than expected. Santee Cooper officials said floodwater from the Waccamaw River had already made it into one pond, but most of the ash had already been removed from it during an earlier cleanup project.

The Waccamaw was forecast to crest on Thursday at 22 feet in Conway and at 21.2 feet in Georgetown, a representative with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said.

'The goal was to make sure they were not out there drowning, ' Hedges told WNCN-TV.

"If the flood map. shows you are in an affected area, you need to leave", Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb said on Monday.

Residents in areas that aren't expected to flood were also being urged to evacuate since roads may be cut off, according to a statement by Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach cited by CBS Charleston, S.C. affiliate WCSC-TV. Called the Lifeline, the temporary wall will remain effective if the water doesn't rise more than an additional 5 feet (1.5 meters) from its current level, according to the state Department of Transportation. She said flooding is expected to begin Tuesday near parts of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers and people in potential flood zones should plan to leave their homes Monday.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said that eastern counties continue to see major flooding, including areas along the Black, Lumber, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers.

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