'We're going to find out the name of the insurance company, ' he said.
What made the situation worse was Florence's languid, 6 kph pace, and its proximity to the coastline which provided the storm access to an unlimited supply of water vapor from the warm Atlantic Ocean.
"Understand: There is a lot of water inland, and it is continuing to make its way downstream", county manager (in Wilmington, N.C.) Chris Coudreit said, according to the AP.
As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC.
The crisis is slowly moving to SC, where there was enough warning and certainty about where the water was going that hundreds of people loaded furniture from their homes into trucks and flatbeds to take to higher ground.
The animals killed by Florence will be buried, composted or "rendered" for usable parts, state officials said. We work hard to protect and to serve our citizens.
At least 36 other similar lagoons are likely to also overflow - and five are structurally damaged, according to the department.
Of those, approximately 7,800 are in shelters in North Carolina.
Forecasters said floodwaters in parts of coastal SC won't reach their highest levels until next week.
"We have it and we will supply it", he said.
Twenty-four school districts remained closed as of Thursday, CBS affiliate WNCN-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, reports.
Chris Ross has been staying at a shelter since he fled his Fayetteville home about a week ago when the National Guard pulled people out of his neighborhood.
"People can only take so much", Ross told WRAL. Sections of major interstates in the Carolinas are still closed due to major flooding.
"This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory".
"Boat looks like it's O.K.", came a response from the gaggle.
"It's all gone", Cavenaugh told WRAL.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2bn in a letter that says the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.
The majority of North Carolina's 2,100 hog farms are located in the southern counties of Sampson and Duplin, which were heavily affected by Florence's torrential downpour and, according to Vox's Irfan, are amongst the poorest in the state.
Boyd says about 40 percent of the crop remained in the field when the storm arrived, and often leaves at the top of the stalks considered the most valuable had yet to be harvested.
Farm groups also are concerned about cotton, sweet potatoes, peanuts and corn.