Coal Ash, Sewage Spill Over as Florence Floods the Carolinas – Bloomberg
A Duke Energy Corp. landfill near Wilmington, North Carolina, failed under the assault of Tropical Depression Florence, spilling about 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash that can carry toxic mercury, arsenic and lead. Authorities said they would investigate whether the pollutant had reached the Cape Fear River, but said it wasn’t yet safe to inspect the site.
Fayetteville ordered residents within a mile of the Cape Fear and Little rivers to evacuate by 3 p.m. local time. Lorenzo Simmons stood at a downtown bridge and watched the river flow as rain poured off his umbrella. “We’ve got a ways to go,” he said.
Florence, the first major hurricane of the Atlantic season, is expected to cause an estimated $18 billion in damage. More than 739,000 customers were without power in the Carolinas and more than 20,000 people have sought protection in shelters. Large-scale search and rescue operations were underway after rivers inundated cities near the coast. Emergency management officials said they are increasingly worried about landslides as the storm pours down on already saturated hills and mountains inland.
How is the nuclear plant holding up against all of this flooding, which is close to Cape Fear?