While North Carolina begins recovery, parts of South Carolina remain threatened by rising floodwaters
As North Carolina has begun the recovery process from Hurricane Florence—which made landfall on the East Coast Sept. 14—South Carolina continues to feel lingering effects from the storm. As of Sept. 26, 47 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. At the mouths of the Waccamaw, Great Pee Dee and Sampit rivers, almost 8,000 people are being urged to evacuate Georgetown County, S.C. Floodwaters are expected to rise Wednesday, Sept. 26 and crest Thursday, Sept. 27, brining more than 10 ft of flooding in some areas.
According to Reuters, the Waccamaw river is forecast to crest Sept. 27 at 22 ft in Conway and at 21.2 ft in Georgetown. Overall, the potential flood zone encompasses roughty 3,500 homes in Georgetown. In preparation for the lingering effects of the storm, flood barriers are being erected and aquadams are being installed, as reported by CNN. Officials worry that the flooding may wash away portion of Highway 17 that link bridges crossing the Great Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers.
On Sept. 19, President Donald Trump visited recovered efforts in North and South Carolina and expressed the federal government’s support. The president met with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in Conway, S.C., and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in Cherry Point, N.C.
“We have weathered storms before in our state, Mr. President, we have never seen one like this,” said Cooper. “This one has been epic. It has been disastrous. And it has been widespread.”
Cooper petitioned the president for aid to his recovering state, where approximately 7,800 people are in shelters and 200,000 customers are without power. In Wilmington, New Bern and Fayetteville, N.C., countless homes have been flooded. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s governor cautioned the worst was not past for his state.
“We have not had a disaster like this before,” McMaster said. “The rain and the water that you see out there now is just the beginning. The worst is yet to come.”