Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

At Least 1.7 Million Chickens Drown in Flooding From Florence Aftermath

At Least 1.7 Million Chickens Drown in Flooding From Florence Aftermath

President Donald Trump sought to offer comfort Wednesday to families who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring "America grieves for you" as he arrived in North Carolina to survey damage left by the powerful storm.

CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence surround two homes on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. "So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home".

More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, which came ashore as a category 1 hurricane, according to state officials. The majority of those deaths, 27, have occurred in North Carolina. The American Red Cross is providing food and shelter to thousands of people who have been displaced by the hurricane, while the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund directs funds to nonprofits in North and SC providing relief to victims of the storm.

Solid: The six-time National Basketball Association champion and Charlotte Hornets owner contributed $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

The storm has resulted in the deaths of at least 32 people, 26 in North Carolina, according to Gov. Roy Cooper. Fire Chief Robert Boyd said at least 4,300 homes in the town were inundated by flooding - a staggering one-third of all the homes in a city with a population of 30,000.

The grim aftermath of Florence, some of which Trump was expected to see Wednesday during stops in North Carolina and SC, presented a challenge for a president who has struggled at times to show empathy in moments of national tragedy. He has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which devastate Puerto Rico past year, and more recently for disputing the official death toll of 3,000. Fire and rescue crews were waiting to go into many areas to assist with structural damage resulting from Florence, which has dumped up to 36in (91cm) of rain in parts of North Carolina since Thursday.

The city of Wilmington, North Carolina remains largely cut off from the rest of the state. That has disrupted efforts to restore power, clear roads and allow evacuated residents to go home.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the mortality totals as major flooding continues in the state due to the storm's drenching rains.

Packing his bags: The White House said President Donald Trump would visit North Carolina on Wednesday.

Cooper warned that the flooding set off by the Southeastern deluge was far from over and will get worse in places.

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