‘Wettest Ever Seen’ President Trump on Hurricane Florence

Clark Diaz
September 24, 2018

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned the flooding from Florence was far from over and would get worse in areas.

The visit comes less than a week after Trump infuriated officials in Puerto Rico and drew criticism from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers for questioning a study that said almost 3,000 people died on the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

More lagoons were at risk of overflowing in the days ahead, state data showed, including 30 that are filled to the brim with waste and water, and another 25 with zero to three inches of space to spare.

WH Group Ltd's Smithfield Foods Inc [SFIL.UL], the biggest USA pork producer, was operating processing plants at limited capacity, after previously closing the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina, spokeswoman Diana Souder said.

Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Fifty-five were at or near their capacity.

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The North Carolina Pork Council said one hog lagoon - which houses waste from the animals - breached in Duplin County.

Some 2,600 people had been rescued by boat or helicopter in North Carolina alone since the storm hit land, according to the state department of public safety. Flood waters inundated the barns and waste pit at one company-owned hog farm in the state, she said.

Florence has killed at least 32 people and left entire towns in North Carolina flooded with muddy, fetid water. But it wasn't merely the hog industry that was struggling to assess damage in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Sanderson Farms, Inc. released a statement indicated they lost a live inventory of 1.7 million head of broiler chickens out of their 20 million head total.

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised". Noble said floodwaters can contaminate drinking water by entering cracks in pipes built during World War II or earlier.

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Florence made landfall in the Carolinas on Friday and lingered for days, overwhelming the region with heavy rains, high winds and storm surge. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury.

The disposal sites had many flaws. The company has been excavating millions of tons of leftover ash from old pits there and removing the waste to a new lined landfill constructed on the property.

Sutton Lake drains into the Cape Fear River. He said operations were minimally damaged, and the company was looking to relocate chickens that survived to other farms. The lack of food could cause additional birds to die if access isn't restored quickly, the company said.

Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city's west side.

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A wall of concrete barriers and plastic sheets is being built along U.S. Highway 501 to save the main road into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from going underwater.

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