Florence water reveal fish washed up on North Carolina interstate



Florence water begins to recede

North Carolina residents beginning to see the damage in the aftermath of the hurricane. Griff Jenkins reports.

Water of Hurricane Florence leaves a very fishy situation in North Carolina.

If water from the hurricane begins to recede a week after the storm made landfall, first responders on Saturday, hundreds of dead fish on a stretch of Interstate 40, which is already hard hit by floods.

“Well, we can add ‘wash fish off of the interstate” on the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!” the Penderlea Fire department said in a Facebook post.

The fish were discovered along a stretch of highway in the vicinity of Wallace is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Wilmington, where the storm made landfall.

“Hurricane Florence caused the massive flooding in our area and should the fish have to travel far from their natural habitat, stranding them on the highway when the water withdrew,” the fire department said.

Dead fish can be seen along the Interstate 40 in North Carolina, where water from Hurricane Florence have withdrawn.

(Penderlea Fire Department)

An employee of the North Carolina Department of Transportation also posted photos, with the fish strewn along the edge of the highway.

On Saturday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the river gauges at major flood stage and four others are at the heavy stage, while parts of the Highways 95 and 40 remain under water for a week or more.


Emergency management officials said that residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed, will begin moving into the rooms next week. A FEMA coordinator, told the Associated Press that Saturday, about 69,000 people of North Carolina have registered for assistance.

The storm has claimed at least 43 lives since slamming the region with prolonged, heavy rainfall.

Flooding of Sutton Lake has washed away part of the US 421 in New Hanover County, just south of the Pender County line in Wilmington, N. C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

(Matt Born /The Star-News via AP)

“Hurricane Florence has deeply hurt our state, wounds that won’t fade quickly as the flood waters finally recede,” Cooper said.


In Wilmington, which were cut off by the water, the officials said they have identified three safe routes to the city. She encouraged people to avoid travelling in areas where the risk of flooding remains.

A sign commemorating the reconstruction of the town of Nichols, which was flooded two years earlier by Hurricane Matthew, is in the water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S. C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said Saturday that the eastern provinces continue to see major flooding, including areas along the Black, Lumber, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers. The Cape Fear river is expected to crest Sunday and remain at flood stage until the beginning of next week.

In neighboring South Carolina, new evacuations were ordered as the town of Nichols, was completely flooded by the water. Mayor Lawson Seizure told the AP that the storm was “worse than Matthew,” who destroyed nearly 90 percent of the city’s 261 homes in 2016.

“It’s just a mess,” he said. “We are trying everything we can to come back … but we need federal and state help.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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