"It's worrying to watch the water slowly rising".
With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.
Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long told Fox News Sunday "This is going to be a long, frustrating event" for those who have lost their homes or face substantial damage when they eventually are able to return. "The soil is soaked and can't absorb any more rain so that water has to go somewhere, unfortunately". "They can't do that unless we clean it up".
"If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water", he said. "And that's where you start to see deaths escalate", he told CBS News.
"Even though hurricanes are categorized by wind, it's the water that really causes the most loss of life". Days of heavy rainfall have turned the surrounding farmland into soggy marshland.
Forty miles to the south, the tiny town of Pollocksville, population 300, found itself cut in two on Sunday afternoon after the River Trent burst its banks. Other stations have extensive lines of cars waiting to fill up, according to reports on social media. "To date, we have not received a single photo of receipts or signs showing far above average prices", he said. "But the current is insane".
"The water... has gone up 10-15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) in a few days and it's supposed to keep rising for a few days. I'm a bit anxious for my home".
As of Monday evening, a number of roads in Craven County were also closed in section where flooding impacted the area, including Maple Cypress Road, Streets Ferry Road, Piney Neck Road, River Road near State Camp Road, Sand Hill Road near Dover. "It was too risky to stay", Hammett said.
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An 88-year-old man was also found dead in Union County on Monday, next to a vehicle that had been submerged in the floods. A day earlier, Wilmington's entire population of 120,000 people was cut off by flooding.
Volunteers saved several dogs on Sunday that had apparently been abandoned by their owners and which were locked in a cage to fend for themselves as Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina.
The dead included a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost grip on him as they tried to escape their auto.
At least 20 people are dead and 500,000 are without power as a result of Florence, the deadliest weather system to have hit the U.S. this year.
"The agriculture industry, the largest industry in our state is hard-hit".
Mayor Bill Saffo said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into Wilmington. In all, about 420,000 homes and businesses in three states were in the dark. Fifteen thousand meanwhile were being housed in 158 shelters across the state. Major highways are covered and more than 700,000 homes have no power. "Flooding can also hide downed power lines". Six people died in SC, including four in vehicle accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.
New Bern, North Carolina, a town of 30,000 located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, was one of the hardest-hit spots when Florence first came ashore and City Manager Mark Stephens said it was one of the worst storms in its 308-year history.