North Carolina farms lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs, while SC cotton farmers were also hit hard as soaked ground could damage peanut crops, and hemp stems were reported blown over, local media said.
In the hours after Florence made landfall last week, more than 350 people had to be rescued from New Bern, which is flanked by the Neuse and Trent rivers.
Trump traveled south Wednesday as the state was still grappling with massive recovery efforts. There, he handed out packages of hot dogs and apple sauce and told the crowd, "Our hearts break for you". "God bless you. We will never forget your loss".
When storms such as Harvey, which struck Texas last year, and Florence come to a virtual stall, a deluge of rain can fall in the matter of days, equal to what an area typically sees in a year, they said.
Governor Cooper thanked the president for coming.
There are more than 3,300 lagoons in North Carolina, said Andy Curliss, chief executive for the NC Pork Council.
At least 37 people have died in three states because of the storm; 24 of those died in vehicles, the AP reports.
Trump reportedly asked the man: "Is this your boat?, to which the homeowner replied 'no". "I can't tell you why, but I love that area", Trump said in response. "I can't say why".
During the trip, Trump also visited a church that was distributing meals to the city's residents.
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US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) and helped volunteers at a church in the hard-hit coastal town of New Bern.
Florence has killed at least 36 people, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia.
Federal authorities are working with private partners, as well, including the American Red Cross. "I can't tell you why, but I love that area". And thousands of people were staying in shelters.
A submerged auto sits surrounded by water outside a home in a flooded neighbourhood in Lumberton, North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Then Trump took a longer look at the vessel.
"Have a good time" seems to be Trump's hurricane catchphrase.
"Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct", Trump said.
It wasn't clear why the women were being moved in the aftermath of a killer hurricane, and Justin Bamberg, a lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law officers, said he was perplexed by the decision. He also said that Democrats would start to criticize the government response to the storm, and "this will be a total lie, but that's what they do, and everybody knows it!"