Hurricane Florence has claimed 31 lives in North Carolina, by the state's count. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.
But it's impossible to say how deep the Lumber River is now, because the official river gauge stopped working a few days ago.
Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised".
A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, the trillions of gallons of water it dumped over the Carolinas are slowly moving toward the sea and leaving a path of destruction behind.
But the aftermath of Florence's deluge is so vicious, rivers and waterways are rising fast across the Carolinas, burying communities and roads, and preventing evacuees from going back home.
"Every time I see the same things: flooded lagoons, chicken houses filled to the roof with dead chicken", said Rick Dove, an official with the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance and a resident of New Bern, North Carolina.
Lumberton homeowner Kenneth Campbell said he found at least 30 centimetres of water in his one-storey home when a friend took him into his flooded neighbourhood on a boat Tuesday.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division said Friday a number of rivers - the Waccamaw, Lynches, Little Pee Dee and Big Pee Dee - are forecast to crest east of Interstate 95 this weekend and early next week.
"There are many roads where water levels will continue to rise making the roads impassable during the next 72 hours or more depending on when the local rivers crest", NCDOT said, adding that travel was not recommended in several counties, including Cumberland, Duplin and Harnett.
"I love SC I love this state and I love Henry McMaster and the job he's done". Asked whether he thought his home and flood insurance would offer enough this time to rebuild, or if he would need further government assistance, he said he wasn't sure. Aside from the Duke Energy breach, state-owned utility Santee Cooper in SC is placing an inflatable dam around a coal ash pond near Conway, saying the extra 2.5 feet (76 centimeters) should be enough to keep floodwaters out.
Officials are also anxious about contamination and environmental hazards from the storm, including the potential effects of coal ash.
Coal ash can contaminate water and harm fish and wildlife.
The storm churned into North Carolina on September 14, bringing storm surge, flooding, and intense rainfall.
But according to a statement from Duke Energy, the cooling lake does not store coal ash, and the plant's ash basins "are now not affected by this incident".
Before Duke Energy established a natural gas plant in 2017, the area had a coal-fired power plant until 2013. Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC.
Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said in a statement, "Tonight's incident is a tragedy".