Florence flooding continues in North Carolina with another river expected to crest

Doug Carpenter
September 19, 2018

President Donald Trump heads to the Carolinas on Wednesday to survey flood damage wrought by Hurricane Florence. "Nearly 20,000 federal and military personnel are supporting response efforts", he said.

He says, "There will be nothing left undone".

"People need to understand this will not be a week-long process", Jordan said. "We'll have it all taken care of". The East Coast of the Tar Heel took the heaviest hit from Florence, and thousands of homes and roads are under water. "We are fully co-operating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

President Trump's daughter-in-law has been vocal about Florence's destruction in the state. After being told that the lake was fine, he replied, "I love that area". At the time, it seemed to reflect Trump's brand of playfulness.


"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

"How's the house?" he was heard asking one person. He also cheered on volunteers and emergency workers and handed out hot dogs and potato chips to residents. The area suffered significant damage, with branches down and piles of debris. Along some sections of the road, the turned-over couches, and chairs and heaps of scrap stood roughly waist-high.

Adds Trump: "I think it will be an incredible day". This boat just came here. "This will be a total lie, but that's what they do, and everybody knows it!"

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next. Mr. President, we have never seen one like this. "Rarely have we had an experience like it, and it certainly is not good". In South Carolina, 40 major roads were closed. Dozens of shelters remain open across the state, and several rivers have yet to crest.


Trump is visiting Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. High-water rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.

Trump says during a briefing by local and federal officials, "We will be there 100 percent" following flooding he described as "epic" and "hard to believe".

Through tears, she said she has survived hurricanes Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016 but "this has been the absolute worst one". Some struggled to afford food in the immediate aftermath of the storm, she said.

The president said he trusts the Senate to do its job.


Amanda Morris is an intern on NPR's National Desk.

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