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More wet misery, soggy mess as Florence water to rise

Brent Lamb, right, and his daughter, Laçin, 4, removed from a flooded neighbourhood by the members of the U. S. Coast Guard Shallow Water Rescue Team in Lumberton, N. C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, after the floods of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Many residents of the Carolina’s have seen, hurricane, flood, but they say, seen nothing yet as the flood of Florence has decreased over the two states since the creation of the landing at the end of last week. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the floods, while the rivers were still on:

WORSE THAN MATTHEW

Lumberton (North Carolina), resident Kevin Caudle, his wife and son in the calf-high rubber boots and grabbed hands full of garbage bags to retrieve belongings from their house in a flooded area.

They stayed in their house until Sunday night, when the rising waters prompted them to go to a relative’s home on drier ground elsewhere in Lumberton, which is about 90 km (145 km) northwest of Wilmington .

Caudle said Hurricane Matthew had damaged channel to work, but had not completely ruined his house almost two years ago. An inventory of the murky brown water had risen until Monday morning, he said Florence flood appeared worse.

“We thought (Matthew) was a 100-year storm. But 23 months later, there’s this,” he said. “It’s worse than Matthew. The water was a bit higher than Matthew. I’ve never seen it.”

Caudle and his family then waded out into the brown water, passing a U. S. Coast Guard trailer where three boats had launched to patrol in the neighborhood and rescue of people in need of help. On one of those boats was Julie Lamb and her 15-month-old twins. Lamb man, 4-year-old daughter and pug dog were waiting for a second boat to save them from the house of Lamb’s parents.

During Matthew, floods never reached the house. But on Monday, the yard was under water, and the flooding looked far from over.

“It’s coming up. We were just praying for the best,” Lamb man, Brian, said.

CALL FOR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Miguel Melo tried to drive from North Carolina to Florida to go to the house of a friend when their SUV stalled in high water in Lumberton. The 22-year-old stranded with a stalled car in a dry patch on a service road parallel to Interstate 95 which was closed due to rising waters.

“The GPS brought me here. It’s stupid, and it is really bad. I’m in trouble,” said Raleigh resident.

State officials had warned in the previous days, GPS was pointing people to flooded routes, and urged the people to check for road closures before driving.

Melo called his car insurance company to send out roadside assistance, but he was not certain whether and when it would arrive.

He shrugged his shoulders when he was asked if he was worried about driving through an area affected by the storm. “I’m crazy. I made a bad decision,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Jonathan Drew in Lumberton (North Carolina), contributed to this report.

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