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

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

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

The bodies of the two women were recovered on Wednesday, almost 24 hours after the event began, from the submerged van in the Little Pee Dee River.

Police officials told The Sun News that the deputies tried to help the victims, but couldn't open the van doors because the water was rising too fast.

By the time a rescue team arrived, the deputies were stranded on top of the van and it was too late for the women.

"We want answers", Green's sister, Donnela Green-Johnson, said in a Facebook post.

South Carolina's Department of Transportation (SCDOT) ordered Interstate 95 in Florence County closed at around 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday evening - hours after this news outlet sounded the alarm about rising flood waters spilling over the banks of the Great Pee Dee River.

"They're still under the water", Richardson told The Associated Press early Wednesday.

The van was attempting to cross a flooded area of Highway 76 in Marion County when it got swept away, according to cops.

WMBF News reporter Patrick Lloyd was first on scene and saw a heavy emergency response presence that consisted of the Horry County Sheriff's Office, Marion Sheriff's Office, the National Guard, and many other agencies.

The patients were being taken from Loris Hospital and Waccamaw Mental Health Hospital to McLeod, according to WPDE.

The van was carrying the detainees to a different facility in Darlington, South Carolina when it was overtaken by flood waters on Tuesday.

"We are sorry", Thompson said".

She said her mother was a trusting person who was betrayed by the deputies.

As the van traveled down U.S. 76 - about a half-mile from the Little Pee Dee River, which separates Mullins from the town of Nichols - high water swept away the vehicle. "It's come up 2 feet (0.6 metres) since just last night".

Harrowing police scanner audio provides details of the efforts to save the women, who could be heard talking as rescuers scrambled to save them.

As for Nicolette's sister, she has one question: "What would prompt you to endanger your life and the life of the people the back, why?" said Donnela. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered.

Bishop and Flood have been placed on administrative leave while three separate investigations are conducted into the deaths.

North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

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