2 more N Car­olina deaths raise Matthew’s US death toll to 43

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

Searchers found two more bod­ies in­side ve­hi­cles that were sub­merged in flood wa­ters in North Car­olina from Hur­ri­cane Matthew, in­creas­ing the toll in the state to 26 dead, Gov. Pat Mc­Crory said Satur­day.

Mc­Crory talked a lot about re­cov­ery at his Satur­day news con­fer­ence — one week af­ter the hur­ri­cane dumped more than a foot of rain 100 miles in­land caus­ing mas­sive flood­ing in the east­ern part of the state. Towns such as Princeville, Lum­ber­ton and Fair Bluff re­main un­der wa­ter, and not all rivers have crested.

Early next week, the gov­er­nor plans to re­lease a de­tailed plan on how North Car­olina will re­build, in­clud­ing how to pay for the ef­fort. But he said se­ri­ous prob­lems re­main.

“There are still many, may dif­fi­cult days ahead for North Car­olina,” Mc­Crory said.

The lat­est vic­tims from the flood­ing were found in Cum­ber­land County and Wayne County af­ter flood wa­ters re­ceded from last week­end’s rains. Al­most all the deaths in North Car­olina have been from peo­ple driv­ing or walk­ing into flood wa­ters and be­ing swept away.

Flood­ing trig­gered by the hur­ri­cane has killed at least 43 peo­ple in the United States and more than 500 peo­ple in Haiti

Mc­Crory said Fri­day was the first day since the rains be­gan that crews have not had to res­cue any­one from the wa­ter.

In­ter­state 95 re­mains closed in both di­rec­tions around Lum­ber­ton, de­spite crews work­ing around the clock to fix bridges, pave­ment and clear de­bris. Crews can’t give an es­ti­mate on when the East Coast’s main north-south high­way will re­open at that spot.

“We have to see the in­spec­tions, we have to fin­ish the en­gi­neer­ing, we have to fin­ish the con­struc­tion,” Mc­Crory said.

Only about 13,000 cus­tomers re­main with­out power in North Car­olina, most of them in Robe­son County where the in­un­da­tion from the Tar River pre­vent­ing crews from work­ing.

In South Car­olina, crews are still work­ing on 18,000 power ou­tages a week af­ter the storm. Fed­eral of­fi­cials de­clared two more coun­ties dis­as­ter ar­eas and au­thor­i­ties are watch­ing the Wac­ca­maw and Lit­tle Pee Dee rivers as the near record lev­els af­ter flow­ing into the state from North Car­olina.


Wil­liam Mur­rell stands at the edge of his prop­erty, which is par­tially un­der­wa­ter, on Cedar Lane in Kin­ston, N.C. , Fri­day. Mur­rell and his wife Jo Ann weath­ered the storm fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Floyd in 1999 and chose to do this same dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

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