UCF Global Perspectives


Post-Hurricane Florence, Record Flooding Continues

Danielle Mapp, Intern, Environmental and Global Climate Change

September 27, 2018

Hurricane Florence has caused at least 44 deaths since slamming into the coast on September 14, 2018. Thirty-one lives have been lost to the storm in North Carolina, eight in South Carolina and one in Virginia (Reuters). In Bladen County, North Carolina 100 people and 33 animals had to be rescued in the middle of the night after a dam burst (Reuters). Around 5,000 people in North Carolina had to be rescued by boat or helicopter since the storm made landfall (Reuters). More than 84,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina last Thursday (Reuters).

As a result of flooding, Florence has caused 21 hog lagoons to overflow, possibly contaminating standing water with pig manure (Reuters). Local media reported that several sewer systems in the region also have released untreated or partly treated sewage and storm water into waterways over the last week (NY Times). Interstate 95, a major highway in the area has opened back up after floodwaters had withdrawn faster than expected (CBS). Receding flood waters have left hundreds of dead fish on Interstate 40 in Wallace, 35 miles away from the ocean (Reuters). An economic research firm estimated that Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, making it one of the top 10 costliest U.S. hurricanes (CBS).







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