Task Force 1: Rising floodwater remains an issue in the Carolinas

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KINSTON, North Carolina (WDTN) – There are clear skies over the Carolina coast but flooding remains an issue and water rescues and evacuations continue.

This according to Ohio Task Force 1; They’re still on the ground, doing what they can to help.

“A few days ago, I think last Saturday or so, we were in the river and it was about almost nine feet. And we’re at about 24 feet right now,” Task Force Leader Jack Reall said. “We haven’t crested. That’s obviously created a lot of flooding around the banks of the river.”

Reall’s team has been in Lenoir County, North Carolina for days.

Florence made landfall almost exactly one week ago. As residents begin the slow process of picking up the pieces, flooding continues to swallow neighborhoods and claim lives.

Reall said they’ve been doing a lot of water rescues and supply deliveries.

“A lot of places where people were isolated, they’ve stayed in their homes because they’re on high ground – unfortunately they can’t get in or out – either due to the depth of the water or the speed at which it’s flowing,” he said.

And although the rising water presents a deadly risk – it’s not just the swift currents that are dangerous.

“The flooding is bad but it’s also pretty toxic,” Reall said. “It’s carrying a lot of bio-hazards in it. The water is pretty nasty. We got to make sure we keep everything clean so that nobody gets sick from it. Certainly this area is going to have a lot of work to do to recover from it.”

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