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  • The Weather Channel just said that the NC authorities have said Wilmington is totally cut off, 600 roads across NC are closed, and the rivers haven't crested yet, and the maximum flood stages will last through the week. Travelers are being asked to detour around the entire state of NC. Every major road in the east side I-95 is closed (or are closed, I can't decide, they both sound wrong).

    Latest toll is 18 dead.
    Last edited by JanM; Sep. 17, 2018, 12:05 AM.
    You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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    • No animals involved, but my niece just moved to New Bern, NC last month for her first teaching job. Her and her roommates evacuated to Asheville for the duration.

      I hope their apartment and town didn't get hit too bad.

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      • I'm glad your niece, and roommates left. Cajun Navy and other rescuers were using boats, and air mattresses to rescue people who refused to leave New Bern.
        You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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        • I keep seeing stories about people needing to be rescued. Was the flooding more widespread than was thought or were there people who did not evacuate despite warnings?

          I'm just curious. I'm sorry you are all going through this. The media coverage has been mixed up here since the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley happened when the best hurricane coverage would have happened, and now someone got eaten by a shark on the Cape.

          I'm getting the impression the damage is similar to Vermont when Irene hit, but I was expecting more like Houston when Harvey hit.

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          • Ruth0552 ... the flooding was happening pretty quick, and those that stayed at home were now in danger of the rising water. Yesterday in the danger areas, authorities were going house to house telling folks they needed to leave if they were in the areas that were expected to flood overnight or today 9/17.

            I'm in Wake County (Raleigh area) and it's wet here but down east is way way worse off.

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            • Still Jingling for all NC/SC COTHers to come out of this with no damage to themselves, animals or property.

              My NC friend has lost a big pine, has been w/o power for 3 days now, but at least she has allowed horses - all 8 - to decide for themselves if they want shelter.
              Leaving stalls open for them & allowing them to go in & out from pasture.

              *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
              Steppin' Out 1988-2004
              Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
              Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

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              • Ruth, in interviews people said they had a disabled/terminal person living with then, too manysny animals (shelters/hotels have limits on # of animals per family), they couldn't afford hotels/travel, were afraid of looting as reasons for not evacuating

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                • I think New Bern knew it was going to get hit bad, but I don't think anyone thought it was going to be as bad as it was. Two animal shelters were destroyed and it sounds like over 200 shelter dogs have been evacuated by two rescue groups.

                  2DogsFarm I have been thinking of your friend and glad to hear it worked out!
                  I'm hoping to see posts soon from 2 who I *think* are in the Sandhills: ElementFarm and Lord Helpus I don't know them personally, only from this board. I hope they are either OK or my mind has put them in the wrong location!

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                  • RMJacobs - how is your boarding barn? Heard there's some flooding down that way.
                    Everyone on our farm is still fine - we're on high ground here. DH went to work down at the beach this morning though and now I don't know when he'll get back - I think all available routes between here and Myrtle Beach are closed.
                    I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show

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                    • Thinking of all of you in the Carolinas. Hang in there and take care.

                      I hope we will hear from our COTH members that haven't yet checked in. Of course they may have other priorities but it would be nice to know they are safe.

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                      • Originally posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' View Post
                        RMJacobs - how is your boarding barn? Heard there's some flooding down that way.
                        Everyone on our farm is still fine - we're on high ground here. DH went to work down at the beach this morning though and now I don't know when he'll get back - I think all available routes between here and Myrtle Beach are closed.
                        As of yesterday, all was well at the barn. They are high ground and pretty far from the river. They lost power at the house but the barn stayed up, and got power back at the house pretty fast. Salt is in a stall until the rain stops.

                        So glad all is well with you. Hope your DH gets/got home OK.

                        Rebecca

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                        • Originally posted by Chall View Post
                          Ruth, in interviews people said they had a disabled/terminal person living with then, too manysny animals (shelters/hotels have limits on # of animals per family), they couldn't afford hotels/travel, were afraid of looting as reasons for not evacuating
                          I wasn't sure how widespread the evacuation orders were either. Were services not offered for people with disabilities? I definitely see a potential issue with people who can't afford to leave with their animals, but at the same time, I feel like then you probably shouldn't have so many animals. What a bad situation.

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                          • Jingles for everyone still riding this out and/or beginning to recover.

                            Thought I'd give an update as I really appreciated the inside info response to my earlier questions. We really lucked out with our trip. Snuck in and out of the Bay before Flo made it that far north, and got home just hours before our route (WV) got hit with the bands of rain. The wedding was gorgeous, the sunset was amazing, Tilghman Island was SO idyllic and I highly recommend it to everyone, and the ponchos, wellies, rain pants, tarps and umbrellas remained crumbled in the car the whole time. So.... Phew. But everyone's thoughts were always very close to our southern neighbors.

                            Here's a pic of that tremendous sunset. I hope that everyone continues to fare well.
                            EHJ | FB | #140 | watch | #insta

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                            • dags ... I'm glad you had a good time at a beautiful venue! That sunset pic gave me goosebumps!

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                              • Originally posted by Displaced Yankee View Post
                                I think New Bern knew it was going to get hit bad, but I don't think anyone thought it was going to be as bad as it was. Two animal shelters were destroyed and it sounds like over 200 shelter dogs have been evacuated by two rescue groups.

                                2DogsFarm I have been thinking of your friend and glad to hear it worked out!
                                I'm hoping to see posts soon from 2 who I *think* are in the Sandhills: ElementFarm and Lord Helpus I don't know them personally, only from this board. I hope they are either OK or my mind has put them in the wrong location!

                                thanks for thinking of us!
                                We had some damage for sure: two broken windows, some roof damage, and two AC units didn't come back on when the power did. We have sloping land, so no flooding, but instead we got *horrendous* washout damage! Think ~3' deep ravine along one fence line--it completely washed out to about 18" below the bottoms of the fence posts in a few areas. For now we're using electric fence tape and a temporary 'stand off fence' to keep the horses safe and away from the chasms, while waiting to get estimates on what repairs will entail and cost. We got a similar washout in the middle of our driveway, but luckily have enough room to drive around it. I feel like I can't complain: we were only without power about 48 hrs, and no flooding or tree through my house or barn. Horses were all in for the storm, and only one was upset about the weather (she got some dermosedan gel for the worst of the storm, and she was fine after that). Overall, the farm fared okay, though a few trees in the back pasture are now leaning, and will have to come down, and the horses were safe, which was the priority of course.

                                We're only a few miles from some of the danger areas from the Cape Fear River, and seeing some of the pictures on FB, my heart just goes out to those people.
                                Luckily, a week later, most of the flooding has receded (in areas not near cresting rivers, at least) and most of the local roads are open again.
                                A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world.... oh, sorry.... that's wine...wine does that...

                                http://elementfarm.blogspot.com/

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                                • We are asking for donations: donations for wilmington equestrians: Wilmington Equestrians.
                                  We are currently taking donations through
                                  Paypal: EasternNCEEA@gmail.com,

                                  Our 501 umbrella is Our Heroes Inc.
                                  http://www.ourheroesinc.org/
                                  If they want to mail a check it can go to:
                                  Our Heroes Inc with ENCEEA in the memo
                                  Horseplay Farms
                                  1757 Clemmons Road SE
                                  Bolivia, NC 28422



                                  We are now seeing hay and grain from the Dept of Ag and we are THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL! There is All Stock and Horse feed coming in now by way of I95/I40 into FIVE COUNTIES badly hit.

                                  I have to go to Shelby to pick up a truck next week or whenever and if you guys have any donations, please let me know.

                                  Our coordinator for Wilmington and five counties is Jennifer Witkowski 847-204-9458

                                  Sincerely, Julie Congleton Wilmington

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                                  • Clemson University is offering hay to those in need. Just fill out the form here.
                                    With widespread flooding in eastern South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Clemson University Cooperative Extension is offering resources to help meet hay needs of the state’s livestock producers, both in the short term and throughout the winter.
                                    "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."
                                    -Maya Angelou

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