2 more N Carolina deaths raise Matthew's US death toll to 43
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Searchers found two more bodies inside vehicles that were submerged in flood waters in North Carolina from Hurricane Matthew, increasing the toll in the state to 26 dead, Gov. Pat McCrory said today.
McCrory talked a lot about recovery at his Saturday news conference – one week after the hurricane dumped more than a foot of rain 100 miles inland causing massive flooding in the eastern part of the state. Towns such as Princeville, Lumberton and Fair Bluff remain under water, and not all rivers have crested.
Early next week, the governor plans to release a detailed plan on how North Carolina will rebuild, including how to pay for the effort. But he said serious problems remain.
"There are still many, may difficult days ahead for North Carolina," McCrory said.
The latest victims from the flooding were found in Cumberland County and Wayne County after flood waters receded from last weekend's rains. Almost all the deaths in North Carolina have been from people driving or walking into flood waters and being swept away.
Flooding triggered by the hurricane has killed at least 43 people in the United States and more than 500 people in Haiti.
McCrory said Friday was the first day since the rains began that crews have not had to rescue anyone from the water.
Interstate 95 remains closed in both directions around Lumberton, despite crews working around the clock to fix bridges, pavement and clear debris. Crews can't give an estimate on when the East Coast's main north-south highway will reopen at that spot.