The Latest: the Red Cross says that the homes can be hard to find

FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, water of Hurricane Florence surrounds homes in Dillon, S. C. Scientists say that climate change is likely enhanced precipitation totals for both Florence and 2017 is Harvey. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

GEORGETOWN, S. C. – The Latest on flooding caused by former Hurricane Florence (all times are local):

12:20 pm

Red Cross officials say that the residents displaced by Hurricane Florence can be confronted with difficulties in finding temporary housing due to storm damage, and a tight rental housing market.

Red Cross Vice President of Operations and Logistics Brad Kieserman said that North Carolina’s rental market was already tight before the storm. He said that much of the rental market in the countryside of North Carolina was in the house and one-story structures that are sensitive to flood damage.

He said that FEMA data shows that tens of thousands of structures have been damaged by the storm.

He said that the Red Cross shelters in North Carolina have about 1,700 people on Tuesday, down from a peak of about 22,000. He said that the number is in sync with state data, because the Red Cross is active in almost all shelters in the state now. He said about 200 people in the Red Cross-run shelters in South Carolina.


12:20 pm

Funeral services will be held for the two women who were drowned while being driven to a psychiatric hospital in South Carolina by a flooded area.

An obituary notes that the 43-year-old Nicolette Green will be buried Wednesday in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. Services for 45-year-old Wendy of Newton Shalotte, North Carolina, are included, such as occurs with Friday, in a Hamlet.

It took authorities more than 24 hours to recover from the women in the organs of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office that was swept away last week in flooded area in Marion County. Crew retrieved it on Monday, almost a week after the death.

The two deputies drive the women were able to escape the sinking. They are placed on leave as the incident is investigated.


12:20 pm

The floods in the north-east of South-Carolina from Hurricane Florence is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Horry County officials said in a press release Tuesday that they would begin spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday night and continue on Wednesday and later this week.

The press release said the chemicals used are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and pose few risks for humans or animals. But county officials say that people with asthma or respiratory issues may want to stay inside with doors and windows closed during spraying.


12:20 pm

Police officers in North Carolina are trying to determine whether the death of a man whose body was found in a ditch in connection with Hurricane Florence.

News outlets reports from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said that the body of the 32-year-old Marcus Jamal Wiley was found by a landscaper who was cleaning up the area along the US 117 south of Goldsboro on Monday.

The sheriff’s office said the ditch where the victim was found had been flooded more than a week and the water had just disappeared.

An autopsy has not determined how Wiley is dead, and detective with the construction of a timeline.


11:50 am

Forecasters say a storm system off the coast of the Florence-beaten Carolina will dump even more rain on the already saturated states.

The National Hurricane Center said on its website Tuesday that a broad area of low pressure about 260 miles (420 km) south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, producing showers and thunderstorms on the north side. Forecasters said it could become a tropical depression Tuesday as it is close to the coast, and will dump rain on the coast, regardless.

County officials have recommended that nearly 8,000 people to leave their homes — more than 10 percent of the population. The officials expect that water to top different bridges, almost cutting of Georgetown County in two and leave only a highway in the course of the expected to crest early Thursday.

The hurricane center also warned of dangerous surf and rip currents along parts of the coast of North Carolina on Tuesday.


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Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt on a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story is that some of the houses in the vicinity of the Sampit River is not flooded because they were built before the American Revolution.

Gantt will spend Tuesday with sandbags, watching the nearby river, the rise of Florence’s heavy rains and see if the luck finally runs out on her house, built in 1737.

The Sampit is one of the five rivers which reach the Atlantic Ocean and in the neighborhood of Georgetown on the coast of South Carolina. And Hurricane Florence — which began with a record rainfall in North Carolina — is expected to lead to record flooding downstream in Georgetown County as his last act. The county has recommended nearly 8,000 people to leave their homes — more than 10 percent of the population.

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