Flooding still a danger in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
NORTH CAROLINA (KUSI) — The storm that was Hurricane Matthew is gone, but its impact will be felt for weeks, if not months.
The U.S. storm-related death toll rose to at least 23 and that’s as more flooding is expected in parts of the South over the next several days.
On Monday, thousands were stranded in the town of Lumberton, North Carolina after flood water rose rapidly overnight.
Rescue workers saved 150 people from a town hall in Nichols, South Carolina after Hurricane Matthew dumped 15 inches of rain in the area.
At least 23 people have been killed by the storm and others are still missing. One of the latest fatalities, occurring after a person drove onto a flooded road in North Carolina and was swept away.
North Carolina’s governor is warning residents the effects of Hurricane Matthew are not over yet.
"There are a lot of people hurting right now, in this region. Their church, right now, the entire floor is buckled and they’re trying to figure out what to do with their church. We have state roads that are no longer safe. I went to a St. Paul shelter, where I met with, at least, an 80-year-old woman, who just lost everything and she’s sitting in a school cafeteria, at this point in time, crying, and wondering what her life is going to be all about," said Gov. Patrick McCrory of North Carolina.
As local officials continue their clean up and rescue efforts, President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the hard-hit state, directing all necessary federal resources to help.
Meanwhile, hurricane survivors in Haiti face shortages of food and clean water, and now, there’s a cholera outbreak.
Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people in Haiti. Aid workers are now fanning out to the hardest-hit areas to try and keep the cholera outbreak from spreading.