As many as 8,000 people in and around the city of Georgetown, South Carolina, have been urged to evacuate ahead severe flooding expected this week from two rain-gorged rivers in what may be the final destructive chapter of Hurricane Florence.
Rivers swelling with the floodwaters of former Hurricane Florence are threatening to swamp communities near the SC coast, leaving thousands ready to evacuate.
The county opened emergency shelters at 7 a.m. on Monday, and hotels outside the flood zone in nearby Myrtle Beach are offering discounts for evacuees.
News outlets reports the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the body of 32-year-old Marcus Jamal Wiley was found by a landscaper who was cleaning up the area along USA 117 south of Goldsboro on Monday. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest and remain at flood stage through the early part of the week, and parts of Interstates 40 are expected to remain underwater for another week or more.
"Hurricane Florence has deeply wounded our state", Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday, "wounds that will not fade soon as the flood waters finally recede".
The full impact of Hurricane Florence on North Carolina's public high schools and grade schools was still unclear.
A North Carolina woman was arrested after providing care for animals during Hurricane Florence without a permit, according to USA Today.
"Florence continues to bring misery to North Carolina", Cooper said in a statement Sunday evening. With most rivers having crested, that water is moving toward the coast, he said.
More than 10 days after the storm made landfall and killed 46 people mostly in North Carolina, several rivers throughout the state continued to rise. About 2,200 people were in shelters, compared with a high of around 20,000, the governor said. "So, you know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but laying your own eyes on this from the ground is invaluable".
"I-95 is a major artery for North Carolina and the entire East Coast that's essential for commerce", Cooper said.
In North Carolina, the Cape Fear and Neuse rivers remained swollen and were not expected to return to normal levels until October, the charts show. Thousands of people remained in shelters. The proposal was part of broader disaster funding that the General Assembly will consider in an anticipated special session.
"There will not be an official evacuation order", he said, but said people in the flood zone need to get out before the waters come.
Wayne County officials arrested Tammie Hedges, who runs the Crazy's Claws N' Paws rescue in Goldsboro, and forced her to turn over 27 dogs and cats last Monday after Wayne County animal services determined the group was operating an unregistered animal shelter, the Goldsboro News-Argus reported. It's expected to peak at 22 feet (6.7 meters) at Conway on Wednesday.
Emergency management officials began sending pre-recorded telephone messages to residents in harm's way over the weekend, and will probably start going door-to-door in the next few days, Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.
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Thompson said his office was responding to court orders to transport the women from a hospital and a mental-health center. The Little Pee Dee River reached "major" flood stage in several spots, and forecasters believe it will continue to rise.