Residents described a "horrible decaying flesh smell," and firefighters tried to use a hose to clear the road.
Neighborliness and community kept grief to a minimum, but the waters are still rising.
Entire communities, including housing developments, shopping centers, farms, forests and roads, are engulfed by water.
Deputies made it out of the van, but two women in the back were killed, pushing Florence's death toll to nearly 40 people.
Each player will donate his $15 per diem, the school announced.
The vessel was washed into the backyard of a North Carolina resident in a storm-ravaged neighborhood.
Hurricane Florence threatened areas far inland — including Appalachia — with landslides and other perilous effects. But people keep building in the mountains, apparently unfazed.
The storms can push seabirds and shorebirds far inland, giving hardcore birders the chance to log rare sightings.
Environmental casualties: Soaked hog farms, flooded coal ash pits and threatened sewage systems.
Driving on a country road in Union County, N.C., Dazia Lee thought that she and her son were safe.
At least 33 deaths have been linked to the storm across the Carolinas and Virginia, officials say.
The company concedes that there may be outages in cellular service in parts of North Carolina.
Portions of Interstates 95 and 40 are flooded, and so are more than 1,000 roads in North Carolina.
'This isn't a river ... it's Interstate 40,' tweeted the North Carolina transportation department, as it shared the stunning footage.
Experts warn that rivers will crest and remain at high level for as many as 10 days before dropping, part of “catastrophic flooding” across the region following the hurricane.
Tropical depression Florence continued its march through the Carolinas, dumping torrential and historic amounts of rain.
Crowded shelters and English-only storm warnings left some exposed to the hurricane’s wrath.
Florence victims face snakes, carbon monoxide, disease, mold and PTSD in the aftermath.
Helicopters on ships nearby are still on call if needed, said a general overseeing relief efforts.
It is real, it is all around us — just ask residents of Wilmington, N.C. And it is going to get much worse.