1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by Florence

Floodwaters inundate a church after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas Monday Sept. 17 2018 in Conway S.C

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During a driving rain, Maggie Belgie of The Cajun Navy carries a child evacuating a flooding trailer community during Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, N.C., September 15, 2018.Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Hurricane Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., September 16, 2018.

"It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas", Jordan, who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association, said last week in a statement posted on the team's website announcing its charity work.

Although Hurricane Florence's immediate impact on the Carolinas wasn't as bad as some people expected, the rains that have been falling on the East coast for the last few days have brought flooding that seems decidedly Biblical.

The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed.

The storm dumped more than 8 trillion gallons (30 trillion liters) of rain on North Carolina, the weather service said.

Others are adjusting to the fifth day of flood waters.

Flooding and downed trees from Florence were blocking dozens of roads in and around Wilmington on Monday, leaving the coastal city largely cut off from the rest of the state, according to a story from The News & Observer of Raleigh.

"Road conditions are starting to improve in some parts of our state but rising creeks, streams and rivers continue to make travel unsafe", Cooper said.

The victims include a one-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land in North Carolina.

"We've been going so hard and fast we don't have a number yet, " he said.

Significant property damage has also been reported.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas, and more than 650 people were taken to safety in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, said Barbi Baker, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County.

The risk modeling agency Air Worldwide on Tuesday said insured losses from Florence's winds and storm surge will range from $1.7 billion to $4.6 billion. Further flooding could push up that figure.

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