North Carolina football players donate meal money to Hurricane Florence victims

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In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Pollocksville, North Carolina, Mayor Jay Bender spoke to Fox News' Griff Jenkins about the devastating flooding in his town.

Members of the National Guard work on a long sand bag flood barrier being built by the South Carolina Department of Transportation on U.S. 501 to lesson damage to roads anticipated from floods caused by Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, in Conway, South Carolina, U.S. September 19, 2018.

Some 3.4 million poultry birds were killed in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

She says relief efforts will be enhanced the more people prepare for these events ahead of time.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimated up to 125 million pounds (57 million kilograms) of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages, an amount that could translate to as much as $350 million in lost farm revenue.

National Basketball Association legend and Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is helping residents of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence.

SC governor Henry McMaster estimated his state has already suffered $1.2bn in damage.

State-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet should be enough to keep floodwaters out.

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan surveys flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence during a helicopter ride from Raleigh to Wilmington N.C. on Wednesday. Buchanan also assisted after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
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The risk of environmental damage from Florence mounted, too, as human and animal waste was washed into the floodwaters.

The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, remained cut off by floodwaters on Thursday, and more than 200 state roads were closed or blocked.

Winslow said that some patients have hurricane-related problems after going days without power or drinkable water.

The storm will continue to sweep through southern New York, Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

Two years ago, flooding ruined the baseboards and carpet. The congregation rebuilt, This year, water from the Little River water broke the windows, leaving the pews a jumbled mess and soaked Bibles and hymn books on the floor. Ten thousand evacuees remain in state shelters, Cooper said, and hundreds of thousands are without power.

Trump, who is also reviewing flood damage in SC, said as he exited the White House, "I think it will be an incredible day".

"Is everybody OK?" he asked those gathered, assuring them it was "going to be OK". "We put a lot of heart and soul into putting it back up".

They are able to survive in flood waters for weeks on end, until waters subside and the ants can return back to dry land.

Lumberton homeowner Kenneth Campbell said he found at least 30 centimetres of water in his one-storey home when a friend took him into his flooded neighbourhood on a boat Tuesday.

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