The members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded area looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N. C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
LUMBERTON, N. C. – Dams overflowed, dozens of roads flooded, and entire neighborhoods were flooded as a relentless rain of Tropical Depression Florence continued to fall in North Carolina.
The floods may worsen as Florence crawls to the west, dumping more than 30 inches (75 cm) of rain in some areas since Thursday afternoon. Radar showed parts of the sprawling storm, about six countries, North and South Carolina in the bull’s-eye.
Many residents who remained in their homes to ride out the storm are now for evacuation orders as a result of the rising waters, days after Florence made landfall Friday with 90 mph (145 km / h) winds.
Water on the Cape Fear River, which runs through Fayetteville, continue to rise Sunday, reaching more than 41 feet (12.5 meters), according to the National Weather Service. Streams and creeks were running so high on Sunday in the vicinity of Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, which the National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency.
Roads to Wilmington were cut off by the epic flood and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods km (kilometers) inland.