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hurricane florence flooding Wilmington, North Carolina
Flooding
from Sutton Lake has washed away part of US 421 in New Hanover
County just south of the Pender County line in Wilmington, North
Carolina on Sept. 21, 2018.


Matt
Born/The Star-News via AP



  • Hurricane Florence
    floodwaters may be receding, but it’s still causing rivers to
    rise in some areas of southeastern North Carolina.
  • The Cape Fear River is expected to reach record levels
    on Monday — and may get even higher on Monday night, thanks to
    the full moon.
  • The Black, Lumber, Neuse, and Trent rivers also
    continue to rise, flooding nine counties, according to
    officials.
  • Parts of Interstates 95 and 40 remain closed.

Hurricane Florence‘s rains are
gone, but its flooding remains.

The storm killed at least 43 people, and dropped feet of rain on
parts of the Carolinas.

Over a week after the storm made landfall, as residents in North
Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia dig out from the
destruction, much of the water still hasn’t receded.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned of “treacherous”
floodwaters over the weekend, cautioning residents to look for
flood warnings and evacuation orders, the Associated Press reported
Saturday
.

“Hurricane Florence has deeply wounded our state, wounds that
will not fade soon as the floodwaters finally recede,” he said.

While three safe routes have been established in Wilmington,
North Carolina, where Florence’s floodwaters made the city
largely inaccessible, some roads, homes, and businesses are still
flooded — and nearby waterways are expected to surge despite
flooding subsiding in some areas, The News & Observer
reported
.

The National Weather Service forecasts that the
Cape Fear River will reach
record levels and rise a foot by Monday afternoon — and Monday
night’s full moon may make matters even worse.

Steve Pfaff, a Wilmington-based meteorologist with the National
Weather Service, told the The News & Observer that the slowly
exiting floodwaters in eastern North Carolina will result in a
“wave down the Cape Fear over the next few days.”


hurricane florence flooding New Bern, North Carolina
Professional
disaster recovery services work to cleanup storm damages at the
New Bern Grand Marina Yacht Club in New Bern, North Carolina on
Sept. 21, 2018. Hurricane Florence brought destructive flooding
to areas in the waterfront business district.


Gray
Whitley/Sun Journal via AP



But the Cape Fear River isn’t the only troubled waterway — the
Black, Lumber, Neuse, and Trent rivers continue to overflow,
flooding nine counties in southeastern North Carolina, according
to officials. The Neuse River reached 17.9 feet on Saturday, and
the Lumber River is expected to hit 24 feet on Sunday.

The problem is expected to hit its worst point between Sunday and
Tuesday, reports The News & Observer.

Officials warn against travel in areas with expected flooding.
Cooper said parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will be
underwater
for at least another week.

One local told the The News & Observer that during the storm,
waters rose higher than he’d ever seen in Wilmington. Some reports suggest Hurricane
Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history.

South Carolina has also ordered evacuations as waters rise, the
Associated Press reported Saturday.

Mayor Lawson Bitter told the AP that Nichols, South Carolina was
completely inundated by water, with more than 150 homes destroyed
from flooding. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated flood
damage in South Carolina to be $1.2 billion.

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