SOS Update: the Great Carolinas Flood of 2018 … Hurricane Florence
17 September 2018. With the sun shine comes the evaluation of needs and priorities.
This morning, the sun finally broke through the five-day long gloom that saw Hurricane Florence Category I winds and record rains (a thousand-year flood is what hydrologists are calling it) that left nearly a twelve-hundred roads impassable here in North Carolina; that see Lumberton, NC under evacuation order, and Wilmington, NC isolated and turned into an island, hemmed in by the sea and flooding streams and rivers. New Bern and Jacksonville (Marine Corps Camp Lejeune) are waist deep in water from record storm surge and continuous rains pumped in from the Atlantic. The U.S. Navy evacuated 2500 personnel to Ft. Bragg, while next door Fayetteville watched the Cross Creek Mall run through downtown and the Cape Fear River, less than a mile away set to rise ten feet above record flood levels.
South Carolina does not escape, since many of our Old North State key rivers flow south through the Palmetto state en route to the sea. Those rivers will carry the burden of a good part of the 10 TRILLION gallons of rain water, causing havoc down there, too. But, that won’t be for a few days.
There are thousands of human interest stories, heart-warming in most instances and despicable in a few, where looters were filmed ransacking a Dollar Store in Wilmington. Inland, people are opening their homes to those fleeing the coast.
Volunteer organizations like Swiftwater Search and Rescue are evacuating pets and livestock to higher ground and to makeshift shelters. The Cajun Navy brought 200+ private boats to bear in night rescues in the New Bern, NC area. Samaritan’s Purse, with its headquarters here in North Carolina, and led by Franklin Graham, has deployed two self-contained 18-wheelers outfitted to feed hundreds daily, two more rigs are being held in reserve until an assessment of where they can be used best is made. All are worthy of your donations.
Ft. Bragg dispatched a convoy of twenty five-ton trucks to Wilmington, their tall undercarriage clearances an aid as they searched for passable routes in the night, arriving at their destination with food and water at dawn yesterday.
Unlike Katrina and Puerto Rico last year, North and South Carolina municipal, county and state emergency management systems performed their first responder / emergency management tasks with efficiency, permitting FEMA to do its job as joint and interagency operational reserve, as it is designed to do. One of the canards of both Katrina … thank demagogue Shep Smith of FoxNews and the #Fakenews … and of Puerto Rico was that FEMA had failed to do its part. In reality neither Louisiana nor Puerto Rico had done its due diligence in preparing to support their own populace, leaving FEMA to try to fill in the huge gap left by Democrat governors and mayors.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of recovery here in the Carolinas.