Nichols said a neighbor told the rescuers that the owners were a family with children that may have had a medical situation, and that they fled when the waters began rising.
In Pollocksville, N.C., a task force team from New York City is helping stranded residents, using boats to patrol streets that have become waterways.
Of the 31 known deaths Monday evening since the massive storm made landfall Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, 24 occurred in North Carolina, six in SC and one in Virginia.
But even when the rain lets up, don't be fooled. Simms told Oliver he was concerned about bridge over the river.
Now, there are fears that the death toll will keep climbing.
The body of a 1-year-old was found Monday morning in Union County, NC. Rescue teams searched overnight for a 1-year-old boy swept away outside Charlotte, North Carolina, after rushing water pushed his mother's vehicle off the road, the Union County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.
Mayor Bill Saffo said he was working with the governor's office to get more fuel into Wilmington. By midday Monday, authorities reopened a single unidentified road into the town, which stands on a peninsula.
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According to The Washington Post, the Marion County Sheriff's Office warned residents on Sunday: "We can not beg you enough to stay off the roads".
Several victims died on flooded roads.
It's not just Wilmington that's swamped.
Florence weakened to a tropical depression, but flooding worries continue from the Carolinas to Virginia. "Our interstates, I-95 and I-40, still have closures", noted Cooper.
The unsafe tropical storm made landfall in North Carolina on September 14th and then pushed through the Southeast. But many more people need help.
Other regions remain vulnerable to flash flooding and major river flooding, forecasters said.
The effects of Florence's rage are still being felt across North and SC. Flooding had damaged a containment wall this weekend and led to an estimated 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash flowing into a ditch not far from the Cape Fear River.
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The river is expected to crest around 25.7 feet. Nearby, a Waffle House restaurant limited breakfast customers to one biscuit and one drink, all takeout, with the price of US$2.00 per item.
"If you talk to somebody about what's on your mind, it can go a long way in helping you to feel that you're not alone", Mr. Burgess said, "that what you're feeling is normal in the aftermath of a disaster and that recovery is possible and that you will get through this". Lee Reeser said they were not able to return to their home for 13 months after that storm. It's going to wipe us out or kill us.
"It's coming up. We were just praying for the best", Lamb's husband, Brian, said.
North Carolina emergency department officials said 23 truckloads of Meals, Ready to Eat - packaged USA military rations - and crates of bottled water had been sent into Wilmington. But those who left without their pets faced the wrath of passers-by and social media users.
Photos and videos from the region showed homes and businesses inundated with murky brown water laden with debris and rivers so high they threatened to overtop the bridges that spanned their banks. "BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!" he wrote. The woman had driven around barricades to reach a closed road, the sheriff's office in Union County, near North Carolina's border with SC, said on Facebook.
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The storm has already left a trail of destruction in the twin Carolina states, flattening hundreds of trees and houses and torrential rains while also leading to the swelling of rivers, and triggering massive flooding.
- A woman in SC died after striking a downed tree while she was driving. When emergency responders tried to reach her, their path was blocked by fallen trees. No details were immediately available. One was electrocuted while outside in the rain, and the other is believed to have been blown down while going outside to check on his dogs, CNN reported.
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- Another man in Lenoir County was electrocuted while trying to connect two extension cords.