"The money will be a lot, but it's going to come as fast as you need it", he said at the briefing. Authorities told media outlets that the deputies couldn't get the rear doors open, and the two patients drowned inside the van.
The deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division digs further into what happened.
Florence and its deluge have washed out the normal contours of life across the Tar Heel State.
After the press conference began, Trump insisted someone pull up a chair for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to give him a seat at the table, prompting laughs from the officials gathered to address the devastating impact of the storm.
"The rain and the water you see out there now is just the beginning", he said. In Wilmington, hundreds have been lining up for water and other supplies.
At least 16 rivers remained at a major flood stage, with three others set to crest in the coming days in North Carolina, the state said.More news: US Is Ready To Negotiate With North Korea "Immediately": Mike Pompeo
Amtrak announced that it will resume passenger train service in and through North Carolina on Thursday.
While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock.
After submerging North Carolina with almost 1 metre of rain, the storm dumped more than 16.5 centimetres of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding. The department says it is dispatching inspectors to start assessing damage and ensure food safety.
The decision to close the road comes less than 12 hours after the department had reopened a 9-mile (14-kilometer) stretch of the highway near the North Carolina state line, which had meant the entire highway was open in the state. The state ranks No. 1 in poultry and egg cash receipts, and second in swine. North Carolina is the nation's top producer of tobacco.
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"People don't realize how a very hard phase is beginning today, with the attractive sunshine", Trump said. "We'll have it all taken care of".
As well as visiting New Bern, the president stopped by a Baptish church and helped serve food at a food distribution centre.
Yesterday afternoon, this news outlet was tracking a live webcam of the river sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) when we noticed the bridges spanning the Great Pee Dee were under siege from rising floodwaters ...
"This is home", Bowen said.
That would put water levels about 2 feet higher than the river's level just two years ago during Hurricane Matthew.More news: Hazard asked to be left out of PAOK clash