Donald Trump Jokes with Storm Victim After Boat Lands in His Yard
Donald Trump Jokes with Storm Victim After Boat Lands in His Yard
Florence: Two patients dead after van swept away in floods
20 September, 2018, 21:23
President Trump visited both North and SC on Wednesday.
He was accompanied by the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) chief, Brock Long; Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.
More than 15,000 people remain in shelters and more than 200,000 customers are without power across North Carolina because of Florence, according to state officials.
It turned out this was just the beginning of a hotly contested and roundlycriticized response that has continued to spark fresh debate, most recently when Trump again denied the widely accepted Maria-related death toll last week. "You take care of yourself". On Wednesday, she took us there.
While Florence has passed, the danger from it hasn't.
More than 18 million litres of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents. As of September 18, there were 1,050 roads closed due to flooding and debris. He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes". A lot of businesses are down.
People sit outside their home in New Bern on Wednesday.
Florence, the storm that brought the misery, has gone from a hurricane to a tropical depression to a meandering system that dropped rain over the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Almost 3 feet of rain fell in some parts of North Carolina and almost 2 feet in areas of SC.
Less than a week since Florence made landfall, a huge part of North Carolina remains deluged. He joined Cooper in passing out food packages outside a local church, then toured a neighborhood that had been hit hard by the storm. "We're going to find out the name of the insurance company".
After a briefing on the recovery effort in North Carolina, Trump helped hand out hot dogs and chips at a Baptist church in New Bern, a riverfront city that experienced severe flooding.
As of September 18, eight deaths have been reported in the state.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence surround two homes in Conway, S.C., on September 17, 2018.
Wilmington, just down the coast, remains nearly completely cut off by flooding from the Cape Fear River and earlier storm surges from Florence.
"To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you and our hearts break for you", he said.
Trump was joined by U.S. Sens. "I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done".
It left behind deaths in at least three states and carved an arc of destruction that had not fully become clear, though one preliminary analysis said could cost up to $20 billion in property losses.
With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump visited both North and SC, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials. "Those watersheds all coming to where we are". Trump said, without offering evidence, that Democrats had inflated the figure to make him look bad. Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC.
"How's the house?" Trump told one person.
The governor said the cooperation with other federal agencies is the best it's ever been, adding "we are confident we will come out of this".
Both states have received significant federal assistance.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has deployed 136 personnel, successfully installing or pre-positioning over 110 generators, with more expected.
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Trump also praised the volunteers, at one point hugging a young helper and telling his parents, "You did a good job". During the trip, Trump also visited a church that was distributing meals to the city's residents.
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