Donald Trump Jokes with Storm Victim After Boat Lands in His Yard

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During Wednesday's briefing, Trump thanked federal and local officials for their efforts to prepare for and address Hurricane Florence, and expressed his sympathies to those who lost loved ones.

In South Carolina, reports have emerged suggesting that two deaths were mental health patients who drowned after a van they were travelling in crashed.

They are able to survive in flood waters for weeks on end, until waters subside and the ants can return back to dry land.

The deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division digs further into what happened. The Cape Fear river was expected to crest at 61.5ft (19 meters), four times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 near the Fort Bragg army base in the southern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Almost 3 feet of rain fell in some parts of North Carolina and almost 2 feet in areas of SC. And while sunny skies have returned, the water problems are just beginning.

North Carolina has 8.9 million swine, representing 12 percent of the U.S. herd, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA).

There are more than 3,300 lagoons in North Carolina, said Andy Curliss, chief executive for the NC Pork Council. Many people in the crowd smiled and raised their phones to record the moment.

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By Monday evening, 25 people were confirmed dead in North Carolina. It is also the top producer of tobacco, but estimates for crop losses aren't yet available. "We'll have it all taken care of".

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen (left) visit a house where a boat washed ashore in the backyard while touring a neighbourhood impacted by Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina. "You will get a lot of water, we see it, it's coming down".

"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the attractive sunshine", he added.

After a briefing on the recovery effort, Trump helped hand out hot dogs and chips at a Baptist church in New Bern, a riverfront city that experienced severe flooding.

North Carolina is one of the leading US hog-producing states and the floodwaters have caused 21 hog "lagoons", which store waste from pig farms, to overflow, creating a risk of standing water contaminated with bacteria like salmonella, according to the state's Department of Environmental Quality.

In a 2015 interview, Tim Davis, an entomologist and senior extension agent with Clemson University said: "If the water rises, they kind of all grab a hold of each other, and they can do this for several days, until they reach higher ground".

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