The storm formerly known as Florence - which hit North Carolina as a Hurricane last Friday and then proceeded to drop historic rainfall over much of the state - has brought catastrophic and deadly flooding to inland cities and coastal communities alike.
On Tuesday, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals of livestock as the Department of Environmental Quality says that a dam in Duplin County was breached and numerous state's 16 rivers were at major flood stages.
SC governor Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2bn in damage.
President Trump will visit North Carolina on Wednesday to view areas affected by the storm, and Bender said said the president "absolutely" needs to visit Pollocksville and other small towns.
Flooding, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is seen in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media on September 21, 2018. Officials warned more than 10 percent of the county's 61,000 residents might have to evacuate sometime next week, but called that a worst-case scenario and they couldn't give any specific forecast. Unsafe flooding and evacuations may begin early next week, officials said. "Today is the day that you need to start preparation for those evacuations".
In South Carolina, the flood was far from over.
"We have not been able to get our feet on the ground to get the water quality sampling" due to flooding in the area, Michael Regan, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, said during North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's Hurricane Florence briefing on Friday. "Some locations won't see rivers crest until this weekend and flooding won't subside until next week", he said in another twitter post. Now they are staying in a shelter at a Bladen County high school.
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Some 4,700 people across North Carolina have been rescued by boat or helicopter since the storm made landfall, twice as many as in Hurricane Matthew two years ago, according to state officials.
North Carolina farms lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs, the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services said.
More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy.
As environmental worries mount, Duke Energy said a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington power plant had been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it was possible that coal ash from an adjacent dump was flowing into the Cape Fear River.
Duke also said it can not rule out the possibility that coal ash from another plant is flowing into nearby waters.
Officials had anxious the water would overwhelm several pits where coal ash had been stored, potentially contaminating rivers.