Flooding in North Carolina: 200,000 people evacuated

× Expand Robert Hammer A crane removes a trailer from a flattened garage in LaFayette, Kentucky.

One weekend late in June, the sky lit up with the sounds of thunder and fire, causing an explosion so loud and lasting it caused ears to “frighten” staff members of a large riverfront resort in LaFayette, Kentucky.

Two months later, reports of massive flooding throughout the state of Kentucky started to filter in: huge river swells and flash floods.

As the National Weather Service explained in a post about the flooding, “The flooding has been so severe, there is not a single end-point to a river gauge to give a direct measure of the flood. Its more a byproduct of torrential downpours.”

Experts estimate that more than a billion dollars has been lost to the flood, and the estimates keep rising.

In addition to the river swells, powerful winds from Hurricane Florence, as of August 13, killed 17 people in the Carolinas, and the southeastern United States was already in recovery mode.

Once again, North Carolina is experiencing flooding, and many residents reported nonstop water rescues. Floodwaters continue to rise along the Neuse and Little rivers in South Carolina, and the Yawkey Creek and Little Pee Dee rivers in Virginia.

This is not the first time North Carolina has been in the flood business. In 2010, after Hurricane Irene struck the state, flash floods had killed 26 people and left thousands homeless.

So is it any wonder that North Carolina lawmakers would have to remind people that “These events happen.”

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