It’s been a week since Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and the rivers are still rising. They are not expected to peak until Tuesday or Wednesday. There is so much devastation and so many people remain in crisis and in shelters and hotels unable to return to their homes, if they even have homes to return to. The destruction is devastating.
The current human death toll is 32. Thousands of livestock has been lost, and sadly many pets were lost in the floods as well.
Flooding: The Cape Fear, Lumber, Neuse and Trent rivers are overflowing and continue to cause major flooding across nine counties in southeastern North Carolina, officials said.
People impacted: 32 North Carolinians have died as a result of Florence and 2,800 are living in shelters — down from a peak of about 20,000 earlier this week, Cooper said. There have been nearly 5,000 water rescues, he said, adding that FEMA on Monday is launching a transitional housing assistance program in nine NC counties.
Recovery: About 69,000 people have registered for federal financial assistance through FEMA, Cooper said. And FEMA has already approved more than $12 million in relief for North Carolinians affected by Florence, said Albie Lewis, the local FEMA directing officer. Authorities are also opening 10 mass feeding kitchens, said Mike Sprayberry, director of N.C. Emergency Management.
Roads: Parts of Interstates 40 and 95 remain underwater, while more than 500 roads remain closed statewide. People shouldn’t drive on any of the roads east of I-95 or south of U.S. 70. [SOURCE]
The good news is that Bethenny flew down a couple of days ago with Bryn and took tons of cash cards and some things that were left over from Maria like kids toys and pet food and things that didn’t make the last planes to Puerto Rico. If you would like to contribute to her ongoing efforts, the here is the link
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Nothing can prepare someone for the destruction I witnessed yesterday. And the property damage was the least of the darkness. Please help them. Help us help them. Do whatever you can because the person that gets whatever items you donate no matter how insignificant they seem to you, trust me, will put the biggest smile on their faces and warm their hearts a few degrees. Please, if you’re around Charlotte and can participate, my friend Hailey is having a drop-off at a local Walmart and is driving a truck in tomorrow. The address and list of what they need are in the next two pictures. #titanreliefgroup
Another Bravoleb who has really stepped up to be of great assistance is Craig Conover. He’s already made one trip up to the flood zone with a truck he filled with basic necessities for the people and pets. And yes there was a lot of cat food. In his instastory you could see many carts full of items including feminine hygiene products, kids and adult diapers and joking about the crazy assortment of things he was buying.
I’m glad that some of the haters get to see that Craig is in fact a great guy who has multiple income streams and is also someone who jumps in to help others in need. If you go to his Instastory you can see he is been there helping with horses and trucking in items. Today he is also flying a plane of supplies in and next week he is doing a drive in Charles for more trucks to head into Myrtle Beach. I don’t know if this link will work, but here are his Instastories. https://www.instagram.com/stories/caconover/?hl=en
Those of you in the Carolinas please update us in comments. If you haven’t heard, Jaded made it home to her dogs and grandson. Others have also checked-in in the old post and I hope they chime in again here.
For those of us lucky to be in a safe dry home with our pets and families this weekend, what are your plans? I’ve found a new yard guy who lives four doors down and is excellent. Banjo’s entire backyard was an overgrown mess and he and his wife have completely cleaned it up. My garden was cleaned up and ready for some new dirt I just need to clean up the pots, I still have a few peppers trying to live. I need about half a truck of dirt and half a truck of Mulch to finish the things off followed by a good power washing of the house.
But my plans for today are to take Banjo on a hike! We do not hike. I used to live on Saint Simons Island half a mile from the ocean and barely ever went to the beach. When you live there, there is always a reason to go “tomorrow” because it isn’t going anywhere.
That’s how it has come to pass that I live near a beautiful mountain with hiking trails and have never been. Today, I plan to change that. I blame Castaways for this decision. It was the best show of the summer. And it’s a reality show! But not the kind you think AT ALL. It was an emotional and inspiring show and Robby has motivated me in a positive way to make some changes to my life. I’ve been making better choices for about two weeks now regarding taking an alcohol break and eating better. And today, I’m taking my poor dog who has been in the depression with me for months and months on a hike. I think. Probably. It’s really hot outside.
I shall report back later.
So what’s going on in your neck of the woods? I hope we can keep things positive. I stopped doing Open Forums as much because it can become a medical check in with a list of everyone’s symptoms followed by lots of condolences. I’d prefer it, if we kept things POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING because I can feel bad all by myself, but we all need a bit of positivity these days.
So as my Daddy used to say, “What do you know good?”