Waterways rise in South Carolina,
residents told to leave
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[September 25, 2018]
By Harriet McLeod and Gene Cherry
CHARLESTON, S.C./RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) -
Authorities urged thousands of people to leave their homes around the
city of Georgetown, South Carolina as water dumped by long-departed
Hurricane Florence surged down rivers and threatened to bring
Water levels were still rising early on Tuesday, said emergency services
there, more than a week after the storm first made landfall on the U.S.
Atlantic coast and killed 46 people mostly in North Carolina.
Parts of Georgetown could be submerged in up to 10 feet (3 meters) of
floodwaters in the next few days as the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers
overran their banks, said the National Weather Service.
The deluge threatened to cut off highways and isolate communities, they
"If the flood map ... shows you are in an affected area, you need to
leave," Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb said on Monday. "Your
property can be replaced, but your life can't."
Authorities were sending recorded telephone messages to residents in
harm's way and will go door-to-door over the next two days, Georgetown
County spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.
The potential flood zone encompasses some 3,500 homes in Georgetown, 37
miles (60 km) south of Myrtle Beach, and the coastal resort community of
Pawleys Island where as many as 8,000 people live, Broach-Akers said.
FLORENCE IMPACT "STILL WITH US"
The county opened two emergency shelters on Monday, and hotels outside
the flood zone in nearby Myrtle Beach were offering discounts to
evacuees. Public schools will be closed until further notice,
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Flooding is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.,
September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on
September 21, 2018. ALAN CRADICK, CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH/via REUTERS
State transportation crews were working to erect temporary dams on
either side of U.S. Highway 17, the main coastal route through the
area, and National Guard engineers were installing a floating bridge
at Georgetown in case the highway is washed out at the river.
The National Weather Service said flooding from Florence would
likely persist in coastal parts of the Carolinas for days as the
high-water crest of numerous rivers keeps moving downstream toward
In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper said on Monday that seven
rivers in the southeast part of the state were at major flood stages
and three others at moderate flood stages.
"Florence is gone but the storm's devastation is still with us,"
Cooper said in a statement.
The storm dumped 30 to 40 inches (75 to 100 cm) of rain on
Wilmington, North Carolina, alone after making landfall nearby on
Sept. 14. The storm moved northwest before turning back east and
becoming a post-tropical cyclone over West Virginia three days
Insured losses from Hurricane Florence will range from $2.8 billion
to $5 billion, RMS, a risk modeling and analytics firm, said on
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Andrew
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