Some 3.4 million poultry birds were killed in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.
With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.
In Horry County, S.C., two women being taken for mental health care died on Tuesday night when the sheriff's office van they were being transported in met floodwaters.
An exchange Trump reportedly had on Wednesday during a visit to New Bern, North Carolina, is making the rounds on Twitter, with users accusing the president of being insensitive amid disaster relief efforts.
And the effects from the slow-moving storm were still being felt Tuesday as record inland river flooding was impacting areas such as Pollocksville in Jones County, where USA 17 was impassable.
"When a hurricane like Florence hits, we have to hope and pray that our communities do not suffer the consequences of years of irresponsible coal ash practices by the coal ash utilities". Richard Burr and Thom Tillis; South Carolina Republican Sens.
The Trump administration has also faced criticism over a decision to transfer US$10 million from FEMA's operations budget to bolster funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. God bless you. We will never forget your loss, we will never leave your side. Swollen rivers are gushing downstream toward flooded towns and cities, putting more homes at risk. He will be briefed by leaders of the two states and then meet people affected by the hurricane, she said.
Although the storm is long gone, river flooding still poses a danger to the area.
North Carolina is one of the leading USA hog-producing states and the floodwaters have caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store waste from pig farms, to overflow, creating a risk of standing water contaminated with bacteria like salmonella, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality.
Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast last week as a Category 1 hurricane, and has killed at least 36 people, authorities said.
Hewett said the Cape Fear River could crest to its highest historic level - about 62 feet - by Wednesday.
More than 1,000 roads were closed across the North Carolina on Tuesday, officials said, and about 343,000 people were still without power.
Wilmington, just down the coast, remains nearly completely cut off by flooding from the Cape Fear River and earlier storm surges from Florence.
Nests of poisonous fire ants were seen in flood waters across North Carolina, after Florence battered the region with heavy downpours over the weekend.
Richardson says the incident happened near the Little Pee Dee River, which is one of the bodies of water officials are monitoring for intense flooding following Florence.
The Neuse is expected to crest at more than nine feet above flood stage Monday, and Sheehan said the company expects the same ash basins are likely to be inundated again. Each of the farms houses about 211,000 chickens, totaling more than 6 million birds that can't be reached with chicken feed.