Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Trump pledges strong federal support for hurricane-stricken Carolinas

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton N.C
| 19 September, 2018, 20:41

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday, visiting a church in the hard-hit coastal of town New Bern where volunteers have been handing out food to storm victims.

"We're ready.to do whatever we have to do to make this flawless", Trump said at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina, where he received a briefing from state and local officials.

At least 37 people, including several young children, have died from Florence, which brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding to the Carolinas.

He sympathized with those who were forced to flee and are now relying on government-distributed bottled water and ready-to-eat field rations. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.

National Basketball Association legend and Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is helping residents of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence.

"It's been pretty bad", said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.

North Carolina DOT officials have asked for days that out of state drivers to avoid driving in the state if possible. Almost 50,000 homes and businesses remain without power in the county where Wilmington is located.


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".

At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) inland, near the Army's sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 50 feet (15 metres) toward a crest predicted to be more than 25 feet (7 metres) above flood level.

"A map in a catastrophe is only so good as its ability to capture real-time information either from sensors or people", Steve Goldsmith, a professor who directs Harvard University's Data-Smart City Solutions project, told The Associated Press.

Human and animal waste is mixing with the swirling floodwaters, which have killed about 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs on farms. "I don't really know what we're gonna do", one resident tells Meminger.

Officials are urging residents to pick a side of the Cape Fear River and stay there until the bridge reopens.

"People need to understand this will not be a week-long process", Jordan said.

"Thank you, Mr. President, for coming to North Carolina as our rescue and recovery continues", Cooper said.

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