The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches’ brew of waste.
The tainted water might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.
Coverage of Hurricane Florence on Globalnews.ca:
Computer models predict more than 3 feet of rain in the eastern part of the state, a fertile low-lying plain veined by brackish rivers with a propensity for escaping their banks.
Longtime locals remembered when it happened before.
In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd came ashore near Cape Fear as a Category 2 storm that dumped about 2 feet of water on a region soaked days earlier by Hurricane Dennis.
The result was the worst natural disaster in state history. Dozens of people were killed and whole towns left underwater.