Here are the cities and counties that Hurricane Florence drenched the most.
"We plan to conduct flyovers and partner with the Department of Transportation to see if we can ascertain. whether any coal ash has filtered into the Cape Fear River", Regan said.
As floodwaters continue to rise, concerns are growing about the environmental and health dangers lurking in the water.
In a later post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence - and they are 100% correct".
While flying a drone over the completely flooded four-lane Interstate 40 on Monday, the North Carolina Highway Patrol spotted an unusual sight: A motorized boat leaving a large wake over the highway. "We take a lot of pride in what we do".
President Trump once again told survivors of a killer hurricane to "have a good time, " offering the ill-timed comment on Wednesday, during a tour of storm-ravaged North Carolina.
At least one of those deaths was in Lenoir County, and a mother and infant were killed in the Wilmington area.
"Additionally, new areas are flooding with little warning".
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There are more than 3,300 lagoons in North Carolina, said Andy Curliss, chief executive for the NC Pork Council. And some who went home have returned after finding out they don't have power, CNN affiliate WRAL reported. Blackhawk helicopters were used to pluck many of them to safety.
More than 300,000 across the state remained without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Progress Energy. "The water is going to come back up". Now they are staying in a shelter at a Bladen County high school. "It's wearing on a lot of people here, trying to keep their sanity together". Parts of the main north-south route on the East coast, Interstate 95, and the main road to Wilmington, Interstate 40, remain flooded and will likely be closed at least until almost the end of September, North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said.
Allison Cavenaugh and her husband, who own a home and a poultry farm with 80,000 chickens in Wallace, North Carolina, returned home for the first time this week on a boat just to find out that their chickens have drowned.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion in a letter that says the flooding will be the worst disaster in the state's modern history.
"This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory", Troxler said in a statement.
High winds and flooding damaged two chicken farms that supply Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest USA meat processor, spokesman Worth Sparkman said.
Authorities have said 23 out of the 46 counties in SC could potentially be impacted by flooding.