As rivers swollen to record levels started to recede Thursday in North Carolina, officials tried to head off potential environmental disasters and prepared for more record flooding downstream in SC.
More flooding is expected over the weekend in the aftermath of the storm. The mandatory evacuation issued Thursday for Kelly, population about 800, was the third for the town since the storm began lashing the state more than a week ago.
National Basketball Association legend and Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan is helping residents of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence.
"We've never had it at those levels before, so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.
"Whatever they need from Washington, we are there", Trump said, according to the press pool.
Lying on Atlantic Ocean between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, the county of about 60,000 people is one of several areas across the Carolinas waiting anxiously for rivers to crest, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain in the region.
"We continue to feel the effects of this massive storm", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Tuesday.
At least 43 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a submerged pickup truck in SC, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher.
But according to a statement from Duke Energy, the cooling lake does not store coal ash, and the plant's ash basins "are now not affected by this incident".
Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility, reported that tens of thousands of customers in North and SC were still without power Thursday.
North Carolina's hog and other concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, produce nearly 10 billion gallons of fecal waste a year, according to the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says a health care company has donated $500,000 to a fund created to help people in the state during disasters. Flooding has also impacted areas such as Fayetteville and Kinston, where the Neuse River was still rising.
More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighbourhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.
The storm churned into North Carolina on September 14, bringing storm surge, flooding, and intense rainfall. Some of them have been washed out entirely.
The flood has been giving so much warning to Horry County, South Carolina, that officials published a detailed map of places that flooded in 2016 and warned those same places were going underwater again.
In some areas, it will by days or weeks before the floodwaters fully recede and the landscape returns to normal.