Drownings push US hurricane toll to 19


In our news wrap Wednesday, the death toll from Hurricane Matthew rose to 19 in North Carolina after two more bodies were found overnight. Gov.

Governor McCrory said that the state has significantly increased the emergency personnel and resources to Robeson County. “They helped us out when we’ve been trouble, now we’re going to help them out”, Pat Wolf of Lumberton, N.J. said.

“We saw the best of North Carolina on our tour of Robeson County”, McCrory said.

Despite the sunshine, dangers from the flooding remain.

With helicopters overseeing the rescue operation from above, volunteer firefighters turned their military-surplus truck with 4-foot tires into the dark flood waters, cruising past a mortuary, grocery and homes in part of this city that flooded when a river swollen by Hurricane Matthew overflowed.

The surging Lumber River cut a glistening path across Interstate 95, shutting down a section of the main highway along the East Coast.

The governor continued to urge those impacted to stay out of the flooded waters, and announced that officials were working with local, state and federal partners to find solutions for those who are now in temporary shelters. “I can not emphasize [that enough]”.

“Whether you’re walking or riding in a vehicle, do not get near the water. It will kill you”. The Tar River is expected crest Wednesday. One store is still closed and many homeowners in the area, Zipperer said, aren’t focused right now on landscaping.

“It is just a heartbreak, ” said novelist Jill McCorkle, a Lumberton native. It was devastated in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd’s torrential rains.

Flores said she and her husband do not have flood insurance and lack the savings to buy a new home if their trailer is flooded. She and her husband, Tom Rankin, drove southeast from their home in Hillsborough, his pickup filled to the gunwales with diapers and drinking water.

Anita Van Beveren has been returning day after day to watch the brown floodwater creep toward the rental home she shares with her two teenage children.

Even those whose houses stayed dry have been affected by the flooding, Rigney said, “Because we can’t go anywhere”.

Then it could be another week, according to some models, before the flood waters recede to normal levels. It has exceeded previous historic flooding – and it’s still rising.

The National Weather Service reported 18.38 inches of rain in Elizabethtown in southeastern North Carolina, and 14 to 16 inches were dumped in other areas of the coastal Carolinas. A Joint Field Office will open next week in the Raleigh-Durham area, with several hundred FEMA employees working alongside state officials on grant and relief programs to help individuals and communities recover and rebuild. Evacuations have been ordered for Greenville, Princeville, the Black River Basin in Pender County, Bladen County, various areas in Lenoir County and the Woodlake Dam area of Moore County. The Tar River isn’t expected to get as high this time.

In North Carolina, tens of thousands of people, some of them as much as 125 miles inland, have been warned to move to higher ground since the hurricane drenched the state.

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