"It's kind of a grassroots effort of people thinking, 'What can I do to help?'" UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham told the outlet. "He wanted to make sure he met with the people in those areas".
News correspondent Gadi Schwartz captured a video of a fire ants forming colonies in North Carolina's flooded streets, sharing the video on Twitter. While Florence caused substantial damage to structures and resulted in the loss of power to thousands of people when it first made landfall, the storm's after-effects are even worse. "We will continue to do that going forward".
While Florence has passed, the danger from it hasn't.
Pig waste often gets flushed into nearby lagoons in the state, and because of the heavy rain and flooding from the tropical storm, 21 such pig-manure lagoons "overtopped" and released that pig waste into the environment, according to numbers released by North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality today (Sept. 19). As of September 18, there were 1,050 roads closed due to flooding and debris.
Trump, too, warned that more water was on the way, but assured those gathered that both he and Washington are "with you".
The National Weather Service said the river could reach record flood levels late Saturday or early Sunday, and shelters are open. "And, of course, people have lost their homes".
Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast. The governor asked for help "cutting red tape" to get his state the federal assistance it will need to recover. There are detours available for local traffic.
"It's going to get rough for SC", he told them.
Trump came face to face with one such boat - a yacht that had washed up against a house in its backyard.
All that water from Nichols and Conway is heading toward Georgetown County, where five different rivers dump into the Atlantic Ocean. Officials are warning that the flooding may worsen still, as rivers throughout the region are bursting their banks.
· "Our hearts break for you; God bless you". "We're going to be there for this disaster". Weather buoys and storm gages from US government research institutions were dragged by high-speed winds and overtopped with floodwaters. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), several state senators, and Gov. Henry McMaster.
Almost 3 feet of rain fell in some parts of North Carolina and almost 2 feet in areas of SC.
Florence has demolished rainfall records. "So our problem has not been with the wind and the rain hitting us, but with the rain that is still here".
"We've been working to address environmental hazards caused by industrial waste mismanagement in North Carolina for over two decades", said Will Hendrick, Waterkeeper Alliance staff attorney and manager of the Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign in a statement received by EcoWatch. "Those watersheds all coming to where we are".
Trump's stop in Conway was preceded by a tour of some of the damage in New Bern, N.C.
That wasn't all that Trump said on his visit.
"President Donald Trump-one in a million".
There were still flashes of Trump's outsized persona and unconventional style - he asked about the status of Lake Norman, where he owns a golf club, telling officials, "I can't tell you why, but I love that area". We're not like Wilmington or Lumberton or New Bern.
Brigadier General Diana Holland is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.