Florence, which barreled into the Carolinas last week as a Category 1 storm and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression as it turned toward the northeast, has claimed at least 37 lives. He advised people to stay off the flooded roads, even ones with only a few inches of water on them, and to not drive at all if possible, because a road could be swept away "in a matter of minutes". Some rivers had still not crested by Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain fell over this coastal county.
"We are behind you from day one from three days ago and now it looks nice but it's really the calm before the storm", President Trump said.
"This community, the most marginalized and economically deprived in town, has been hit the worst".
"I have just signed off on North Carolina's request for $14 million in immediate emergency relief funds to help address the infrastructure impact of Hurricane Florence", Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in the press release.
Trump made the remark while handing out meals to hurricane victims in New Bern, North Carolina. More chickens could die if the company is unable to reach those farms with feed trucks. The flooding also caused rivers to overflow, fields to fill with water, and millions of farm animals to drown.
The county of 60,000 people, on the Atlantic coast between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, is one of several areas in the Carolinas waiting anxiously for rivers to crest, a week after Florence dumped some three feet of rain on the region.
Water from the flooded Waccamaw River surrounds a house in Conway, S.C., earlier this week.
"Please heed the warnings", Sheriff Lane Cribb said.
"Although the winds are gone and the rain is not falling, the water is still there and the worst is still to come in the Pee Dee", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Friday, referring to the eastern part of the state.
A closeup of floodwaters aftermath of Hurricane Florence is seen in this satellite image over the area surrounding Wallace, North Carolina, U.S., September 20, 2018. Hundreds of stranded residents lined up for food, water and tarps that had to be ferried into the city that's home to 120,000 people.
In Lenoir County, North Carolina, where the rising Neuse River has flooded some roads, emergency medical workers have been running a "mobile disaster hospital" to provide urgent care to those residents who were cut off from the nearest hospital.
He and his wife have seen floodwater rush in and damage his home for 22 years - but this time feels different.