Rivers in eastern North Carolina, still swollen from Hurricane Matthew's downpours, are flooding a region that teems with hog and poultry farms. As many as 5 million chickens and turkeys had already died as of Wednesday, Reuters reports. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has so far not released an estimate of hog deaths, but they could be steep.
That's because North Carolina is home to one of the globe's highest concentrations of pork production.
With swollen rivers still expected to crest and bring more flooding on Monday and Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory says, "This storm is not over for North Carolina."
Despite the start of state and federal aid after Hurricane Matthew, poor residents in shelters faced grim prospects as the water crept higher.
Hurricane Matthew may have passed, but damage from flooding will leave a tragic and frustrating wake for millions of residents.
Floodwaters left hundreds of people stranded in their homes and on rooftops in North Carolina early on Monday, and officials warned life-threatening flooding from swollen rivers would continue for days after Hurricane Matthew ravage...