"Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued", he said even as rains stopped in several places after Florence moved on and the tired residents got a brief glimpse of sunshine on Monday.
Tens of thousands of houses have been damaged, but for many parts of the Carolinas, "the worst is yet to come" as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Weather Service.
Florence was headed through Virginia and toward New England and flash flood watches extended from Maryland through NY and southern New England.
North Carolina had deployed around 2,000 boats and 36 helicopters to help people stranded in floods, Michael Sprayberry, the state's director of emergency management, told ABC's "This Week" program on Sunday.
Woody White, the New Hanover county commission chair, said officials were planning for food and water to be flown into the coastal city.
"If the river rises to the level they say it's going to, then this warehouse is going to be under water", he said.
North Carolina emergency response officials tweeted that 23 truckloads of military meals and bottled water were delivered overnight to Wilmington, the state's eighth-largest city.
"The neighbors told us our home was fine apart from a few branches down, so that's a relief at least", he added.
In the town of Trenton, North Carolina, the Trent River surpassed its flooding record of 28.42 feet, also set during Hurricane Floyd.
The area, about 100 miles from the North Carolina coast, includes part of the city of Fayetteville.
Prior to Kaiden's death, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued a breakdown of 16 storm-related fatalities by county, and Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed the updated tally of 17 during a news conference on Monday. It going to take a lot of people like this coming down to help us to allow us to recover.
Speaking with members of the press outside of the Craven County Courthouse, Cooper said state and local governments have to figure out how to rebuild their communities after the destruction of Hurricane Florence.
Power companies are working to restore power to the almost half a million homes and businesses in both states that are still without electricity.
The boy's mother had driven around a barricade in the road and ended up stalled in rushing water. The storm, now a tropical depression, is expected to move toward the northeast before accelerating and moving eastward on Tuesday.
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Others killed included three who perished "due to flash flooding and swift water on roadways", according to the Duplin County Sheriff's Office, and a 61-year-old woman who died when her auto hit a downed tree. As she tried to leave the auto, she lost grip of the boy and he was carried off in the floods, the News & Observer reported.
Because President Trump declared Virginia a disaster area in advance of the storm, and because federal officials agreed with the decision to evacuate, up to 75 percent of Virginia's liability could be reimbursed by the federal government, Layne said. Six people died in SC, including four in vehicle accidents and two from carbon monoxide from a portable generator.
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