Hurricane Florence may be over, but people in the Carolinas are still dealing with the aftermath of it. The hurricane has caused rivers to rise. Many people have been forced to leave their homes as a result of the flooding.
It is estimated that 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown, South Carolina were told that they should be prepared to evacuate. Many areas of the Carolinas received 10 feet of flooding. Sam Hodge is the emergency management director in the county. He stated that the authorities are closing watching the river gauges. He also stated that law enforcement officials will be going door to door in areas that are affected by flooding.
Sam stated that people should not stay if they have been told that they need to leave. There are five river gauges that have shown major flooding in different areas in North Carolina. Five of the gauges showed that there was moderate flooding. Additionally, I-40 is still flooded, and experts are predicting that it will remain flooded for at least another week. I-95 recently opened after being closed for several days due to flooding.
Firefighters have been working hard to clean up the flooding. They stated that they have also been removing fish from the highways. Michael Spray is the Emergency Management Director for North Carolina. He stated that there are areas in the eastern parts of the state that have serious flooding.
Roy Cooper is the governor of North Carolina. He stated that Florence is still doing serious damage to the state. Over 350 rescue workers are working to clean up the damage. It is estimated that at least 45 people have died due to Hurricane Florence.
Experts estimate that the hurricane has caused over $44 billion in damage. This makes it one of the costliest hurricanes in history.