3.4M chickens, 5,500 hogs dead in Florence flood

S Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas

"We want those who are responsible to be held accountable", it reads in part.

The van was traveling west on US 76 east of Nichols about 5 p.m. on Tuesday. They were going down Highway 76 when the floodwaters began to rise near the Little Pee Dee River, which is a branch of the Lumber River.

The death toll from Florence reached at least 37 in three states Tuesday, as Florence went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms hit the Northeast, where flash floods struck New Hampshire and NY state. Richardson, who serves as coroner in adjacent Marion County, confirmed their deaths that night, but authorities had to leave the bodies and van in the water until conditions were less hazardous.

According to ABC affiliate WPDE, the patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health, which runs multiple facilities in the region.

It was reported early Tuesday that the Pee Dee River was rising above flood stage and spilling its banks and roadways were flooding but some passable.

That's according to documents obtained from the State Law Enforcement Division concerning 45-year-old Windy Wenton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green. That effort resumed Wednesday morning, and Thompson said a specialized crew was being flown in from Charleston to assist.

An investigation of these drowning deaths is being led by the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), whose agents were dispatched to the scene late Tuesday.


Floodwaters in North Carolina were still quite high as of September 19.

Two deputies were rescued from the top of the van, and Horry County officials said they tried to get the women out.

Hurricane Florence has now killed at least three dozen people - including at least eight in SC.

Cooper warned locals that the flooding isn't over yet.

President Donald Trump is slated to visit North Carolina on September 19 to see the damage.

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson identified the deputies as Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson tells The Associated Press two deputies were transporting the women between Nichols and Mullins night. Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van. "Due to risky conditions and rising waters, additional search and rescue teams are arriving to assist in the recovery of the vehicle". Rescue teams responded in time to save the deputies.

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