Florence water, no wind, the long-term problem

Dianna Wood, left, embraces her husband, Lynn, as they look out over their flooded house as the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N. C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. “I’m still hopeful,” said Lynn of his house, which is now the water up to the front step. “In another foot, I will be the broken heart,” he added. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Such as Hurricanes Harvey and before Katrina, Hurricane Florence damage, not the wind, but the water.

Yes, some people died when they were crushed by trees felled by Florence to the winds as he swept across the Carolina’s and some houses were destroyed. But the most of Florence victims died in the massive flooding that will lead to broad and long-term damage to homes, businesses, roads and other infrastructure and produce a spike in water-borne diseases. Tens of thousands of Carolinians have been evacuated from the rising floods, and there are worries that a number of dams to fail. Feces, urine and rotting carcasses of pigs, chickens and other animals from the member states of the industrial farms can pollute the water.


A house buried in the water it will probably need to be demolished and replaced.

It is unknown how many homes are damaged and destroyed, but even in the best circumstances, furniture, refrigerators and other appliances will almost certainly be ruined.

Water may endanger or ruin drywall, electrical installations, insulation, doors, windows and cabinets. Wood floors warp, swell and may be even driving; the fungus grows in the moist, moist interior, thereby reducing the risk of respiratory problems.


Forty centimetres or more of water pounding the pavement in less than a week may undermine the streets.

The relentless pressure can turn the foundation compacted soil, gravel or sand, can lead to cracking and potholes.

Pieces of the sidewalk can slip, that the roads be re-built.


The Water of Katrina and Harvey transformed New Orleans and Houston. Neighborhoods were destroyed, and the people had to move — some temporarily and some permanently.

That will probably be the fate of some of the Carolina cities, towns, and communities.


Long after the danger of drowning decreases, water, strangely enough, can wreak havoc on your health by forcing you to dry places.

Storm survivors who fled flooded homes found refuge in the large centres, but that temporary accommodation can grow to be a breeding ground for infections.

Experts warn that the refugees in overcrowded animal shelters can develop norovirus is a highly contagious intestinal infection characterized by vomiting and diarrhea — a disease that is a known problem on cruise ships.

New health problems may arise after the victims of the floods back home. Indoor mold can cause respiratory problems, but that can be avoided by the wearing of a mask. Outside, standing pools of stagnant water polluted with chemicals and waste are ideal breeding places for mosquitoes. Their bites can lead to serious diseases such as encephalitis.


To Superstorm Sandy. Katrina. Harvey. The epic disasters in the New York metro area, New Orleans and Houston left residents struggling to cope with the emotional pain of losing their home, their income, and their sense of security. The same psychological trauma is likely to occur in the Carolinas.

Those feelings can linger for a year. A study found that residents in the path of Sandy suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress. Another concluded that children displaced by Katrina still have serious emotional or behavioral problems five years later.

In a large shelter, although, can boost the spirits of the storm survivors because they can share stories and to each other for support.

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