Small North Carolina city latest feel Florence’s fury

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. Virtually the entire city is flooded and inaccessible, except by boat. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BLADENBORO, N. C. – A North Carolina city flooded by the water in the river after a dike has been breached one of the last cities to feel the life-threatening punch of Hurricane Florence.

Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through the waist-deep water to escape as a Cape Fear River water crashed in their garden late Thursday. She got a friend to pick-up and were ultimately driven on a military vehicle.

They were among 100 people evacuated by helicopters, boats and high-wheeled military vehicles during a six-hour rescue operation in the southeast of North Carolina’s Blades County, which lasted until Friday morning.

Officials in North and South Carolina warn that the flood danger is far from over, with South Carolina ordered evacuations as rivers rise. At least 43 people have died since the hurricane slammed into the coast more than a week ago.

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