The rain may have stopped, the roads are beginning to reopen and the President came and left. But the damage brought by storm Florence on the Carolinas is still coming into focus. North Carolina's Governor warning that swollen rivers still posed major flood risks in the days ahead.>> Even as we speak, we have 13 rivers in North Carolina at major flood stage.
So we're continuing to work to get people safe and secure.>> Flooding in Florence's aftermath killed at least 36 people. The latest victims were two women, both mental health patients being transported by a Sheriff's Department van that drove into flood waters. The two deputies were rescued from the roof of the van, the women's bodies were found inside.
The Sheriff Department is investigating why the deputies allegedly drove around barriers along roads that were closed.>> What we doing is once we find out for sure, we need to ascertain why they did.>> Florence dumped up to three feet of rain in parts of North Carolina and many areas remain cut off by flood waters and submerged roads.
And as the death toll rises, so does concerns of environmental and health hazards lurking in the waters. The region is one of the largest hog producing states and at least 21 hog farming lagoons which store manure have flooded.>> And we did see a couple facilities today that were already in serious trouble.
They were surrounded by water, their lagoons were surrounded by water, their spray fields were completely covered up. The situation is not good, but it's not good today, but it's likely to get much worse throughout the rest of the week as these waters start to get to their flood levels.
>> The waste creates a risk standing water will be contaminated with bacteria, such as salmonella, according to the State's Department of Environmental Quality. The damage from the storm is already estimated at at least $17 billion.