LUMBERTON, NC (KGO) --Parts of North Carolina are still underwater with a massive rescue effort underway. It was the hardest state hit by Hurricane Matthew. The deadly storm is still causing havoc days after its impact.
There have been more than 2,000 rescues by 79 boat crews from all over the nation. There are hundreds of people in shelters and at least two people are still missing.
The death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to climb. At least 14 people in North Carolina alone have lost their lives in the storm and the aftermath.
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The state's governor Pat McCrory confirmed the news Tuesday morning. He said one death was the result of an officer-involved shooting of a man in Lumberton during a high water situation.
"Our first responders were coming through with a Humvee trying to help and rescue people," he said. "And all we know is there was a confrontation and a shooting that has resulted in a man's death."
That shootout happened in Lumberton, a town where residents are overwhelmed. More than 1,500 people were left stranded Monday by floodwaters.
James Borum is a Lumberton resident who was evacuated from his home.
"It makes me want to cry," he said. "It's just horrible, people with no electricity, you know, in their homes, and it still keeps on coming. We're going to lose, we're going to lose quite a few homes here."
The danger isn't over yet. In fact it could get worse. A dam near Lumberton could fail at any minute.
"I want to send a strong message to the people in Moore County who may be impacted by this Woodlake Dam. Get out. Get out now." Gov. McCrory said.
Officials think if the Woodlake Dam fails; it could send an extra two of three ft. of flood waters to communities located downstream. It would make the state's recovery effort even more difficult than it has already been. Federal Disaster has been declared in 31 counties there so far.
More than 25 deaths have been reported in the U.S. as a result of Hurricane Matthew. In Haiti, there have been more than 300 but the identification process is very slow. The death toll could escalate to more than 1,000.
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