Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Dam breach retires power plant in North Carolina

Dam breach retires power plant in North Carolina

At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher and higher.

Residents of Georgetown County, South Carolina, where five rivers flow into the ocean, were preparing on Friday for a deluge of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people. He stayed in state to play his college football at the University of North Carolina before being selected by the Panthers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

"Additionally, new areas are flooding with little warning".

Matt Wellington, antibiotics program director of U.S. PIRG, a federation of public interest groups, said the release of waste from lagoons could spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

"They didn't clean the ditches", she said.

In South Carolina, emergency managers ordered about 3,000 people to flee homes along the Lynches River.

A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the trillions of gallons of water it dumped over the Carolinas are slowly moving toward the sea and leaving a path of destruction behind. Hurricane Florence brought storm surges which overflowed from the Trent River and forced many residents of Trent Court to evacuate. On Monday, the National Weather Service reported that almost 36 inches fell on Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) nearer to the SC coast, Kevin Tovornik tore out carpet and removed furniture as a preventative measure because he expected flooding at the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, where the Waccamaw River was still rising.

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In North Carolina, a familiar story was unfolding as many places that flooded in Hurricane Matthew in 2016 were once again inundated.

"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

Thirty flood gauges in North and SC showed flooding on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Trump was apparently talking to an older man whose home had been damaged after a large yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck of his porch.

Officials are also anxious about contamination and environmental hazards from the storm, including the potential effects of coal ash. The utility said it did not think any coal ash was at risk. A landfill containing disposed ash from the site has not been affected by the cooling lake, it said.

Before Duke Energy established a natural gas plant in 2017, the area had a coal-fired power plant until 2013.

More than 8,100 people are taking refuge at dozens of shelters across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, according to the Red Cross.

The victims, whose bodies were recovered by divers on Wednesday, were identified as Windy Newton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43, the Horry County Sheriff's Office said.

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