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Flooding threatens the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence

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Travel remained dangerous Saturday in southeastern North Carolina, where the governor warned of “treacherous” floodwaters more than a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, and urged residents to stay alert for flood warnings and evacuation orders.

Gov. Roy Cooper said nine of the state’s river gauges are at major flood stage and four others are at moderate stage, while parts of Interstates 95 and 40 will remain underwater for another week or more. Emergency management officials said residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed will begin moving into hotel rooms next week.

South Carolina also has ordered more evacuations as rivers continue to rise in the aftermath of a storm that has claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast more than a week ago. (AP)

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Luis Gomez rescues baby chicks from floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence near the Todd Swamp on Sept. 21, 2018 in Longs, S.C. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images)


Joshua Ewing, of Disaster Relief Services, works to clear debris and storm damaged items from homes on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Photo: Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)


A stool sits in the middle of a roadway in floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Nichols, S.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Virtually the entire town is flooded and inaccessible except by boat, just two years after it was flooded by Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)


Flooding from Sutton Lake has washed away part of U.S. 421 in New Hanover County just south of the Pender County line in Wilmington, N.C., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo: Matt Born /The Star-News via AP)


Members of the New York City Urban Search and Rescue Task Force clear a tree from a house in New Bern, N.C., on Sept. 18, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)


Tammy and Olen Gill attend a candlelight vigil for their daughter Kade Gill, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, who was killed when a tree fell onto their home Sunday during high winds and rain from Hurricane Florence, near Dallas, N.C. The vigil was attended by nearly 100 friends and family members at the Gill home. (Photo: Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette via AP)


A look at one of the family homes of Edwin and Megan Curry flooded by the Lumber River in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2018. (Photo: Eamon Queeney/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Towels lay on the threshold to keep the water for coming in the front door as David Darden Jr., carries out personal items from his mother’s flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)


The home of Kenny Babb is surrounded by water as he retrieves a paddle that floated away while the Little River continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Linden, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)


The Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church is seen in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence, in this aerial picture, in Lumberton, N.C., Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jason Miczek/Reuters)


Bob Richling carries Iris Darden, 84, out of her flooded home as her daughter-in-law, Pam Darden, gathers her belongings in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Spring Lake, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)


A cat clings to the side of a trailer amidst flood waters before it was saved as the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, N.C., Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Shallow Water Rescue Team check on a flooded neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Gerry Broome/AP)


Damien Lugo, center, passes the time in his tattoo parlor with his girlfriend’s daughter Kaitlin, 8, right, and friend John Danzing during a citywide curfew as the threat of additional flooding from Florence remains, in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)


Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)


U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO), from Tucson, Arizona, rescue an adult from Hurricane Florence flood waters in the Cape Fear waterway in eastern North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Jaime Rodriguez Sr./Handout via Reuters)


A large tree that fell during Hurricane Florence lies on top of a home in the Evergreen mobile home park, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Newport, N.C. Several units in the park were destroyed by wind or falling trees. (Photo: Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)


A flooded cemetery is seen during heavy rains from Florence in Marion, S.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)


Members of the Coast Guard launch rescue boats into the neighborhood of Mayfair in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, N.C., Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Jason Miczek/Reuters)


Obrad Gavrilovic peers out the window of his flooded home while considering whether to leave with his wife and pets, as waters rise in Bolivia, N.C., Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


This aerial photo shows a sailboat stacked up onto a house as a result from Florence, now a tropical storm, in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)


A member of the U.S. Coast Guard walks down Mill Creek Road checking houses after tropical storm Florence hit Newport N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Tom Copeland/AP)


Members of the Nebraska Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team help load an elderly resident onto a bus as they evacuate an assisted living facility to a church as a precaution against potential flooding the city could see from tropical storm Florence in Fayetteville, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: David Goldman/AP)


Flood waters lap at a high water warning sign that was partially pushed over by Hurricane Florence on Oak Island, N.C., Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)


Resident Joseph Eudi looks at flood debris and storm damage from Hurricane Florence at a home on East Front Street in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)


Crews work on power lines after Hurricane Florence struck Wilmington, N.C., Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)


A downed tree uprooted by Hurricane Florence likes next to homes in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)


As torrential rain falls Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2018 police officers help civilians push a stranded motorist out of the flood waters near downtown Lumberton, N.C. (Photo: Rich Sugg/The News & Observer via AP)


Kim Adams makes her way to her home that is surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Florence passed through the area on Sept. 15, 2018 in Southport, N.C. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


A photograph blown out of a person’s home lay in the flotsam after a four-foot storm surge produced by Hurricane Florence ripped through the Queen’s Point condos along the Nuese River, Sept. 15, 2018 in New Bern, N.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Members of the Cajun Navy search a flooded residence in Lumberton, N.C., on Sept. 15, 2018 in the wake of Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)


A pickup truck drives on a flooded road past a farm house that is surrounded by flooded fields from tropical storm Florence in Hyde County, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


A woman tries to get away from the flooded area with her child during the Hurricane Florence in Duplin County, N.C., on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


People wait in line to fill up their gas cans at a gas station that was damaged when Hurricane Florence hit the area, on Sept. 15, 2018 in Wilmington, N.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Jeff Pyron, right, and Daniel Lilly cover Lilly’s roof after Hurricane Florence hit Davis N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The town had 4 1/2 feet of storm surge. “I had my house raised for Irene cause I got flooded from the bottom, now i’m getting flooded from the top,” Lilly said. (Photo: Graham Copeland/AP)


Oceanfront homes sit over rough surf from tropical storm Florence in Nags Head N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)


A section of the Highway 17 exit ramp remains closed a day after Hurricane Florence’s storm surge washed it out, Sept. 15, 2018 in New Bern, N.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Steve Helber/AP)


Members of a combined New Bern/Greenville swift water rescue team Brad Johnson, left, and Steve Williams rest after searching for people stranded by floodwaters caused by the tropical storm Florence in New Bern, N.C., on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 .(Photo: Chris Seward/AP)


An abandoned car’s hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in a rising flood waters during pre-dawn hours after Hurricane Florence struck in Wilmington, N.C., Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)