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YAUHANNAH, S.C. (AP) – The soggy remnants of Florence keep causing chaos in coastal South Carolina long after the hurricane swirled ashore, with rivers still flowing far beyond their banks and a new storm gathering more rain just offshore.

Authorities urged up to 8,000 people leave their homes in Georgetown County, on the South Carolina coast, as the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers overflowed with a record 10 feet (3 meters) of flooding reaching a crest in their communities Tuesday.

Some places along Georgetown’s waterfront were predicted to flood for the first time since record keeping began before the American Revolution.

The National Hurricane Center said a broad area of low pressure about 300 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is producing showers and thunderstorms on its north side. Forecasters said it could become a tropical depression Tuesday as it approaches the coast, but will dump rain regardless on coastal areas of North and South Carolina.

Pastor Willie Lowrimore and some of his congregants initially stacked sandbags around their South Carolina church as the hurricane approached. Then they moved the pews to higher ground. Finally, the rank black water seeped around and over the sandbags on Monday, flooding the sanctuary.

“I’m going to go one day at a time,” Lowrimore said as the river ruined the church he built almost 20 years ago. “Put it in the Lord’s hands. My hands aren’t big enough.”

Dead fish litter the streets of Aberdeen Golf Club as floodwaters recede following Hurricane Florence, in Longs, S.C. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Ten days after Florence came ashore, the storm caused fresh chaos Monday in Yauhannah and elsewhere across South Carolina, where rivers kept rising and thousands more people were told to be ready to evacuate.

Georgetown County offered free transportation to emergency shelters from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Pawley’s Island, saying pets are welcome as well as long as they’re kept in crates and have food and supplies.

The economic research firm Moody’s Analytics estimated that Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, which would make it one of the 10 costliest U.S. hurricanes. The worst disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, cost $192.2 billion in today’s dollars. Last year’s Hurricane Harvey cost $133.5 billion.

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Associated Press writers Gary D. Robertson and Alex Derosier in Raleigh; Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina; Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia; and Sarah Brumfield in Washington contributed to this report.

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A car sits flooded in the middle of S.C. 905 in the Red Bluff community in Longs, S.C., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Red Bluff flooded along the Waccamaw River and Simpsons Creek due to Hurricane Florence's deluge, with entire neighborhoods underwater. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

A car sits flooded in the middle of S.C. 905 in the Red Bluff community in Longs, S.C., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Red Bluff flooded along the Waccamaw River and Simpsons Creek due to Hurricane Florence’s deluge, with entire neighborhoods underwater. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

John McGarva, an Horry County firefighter, looks over his his flooded home, from Hurricane Florence, in the Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. 905, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C. After a 36-hour shift with the fire department, McGarva was making pictures of each of his neighbors' homes to share on a community Facebook page. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

John McGarva, an Horry County firefighter, looks over his his flooded home, from Hurricane Florence, in the Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. 905, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C. After a 36-hour shift with the fire department, McGarva was making pictures of each of his neighbors’ homes to share on a community Facebook page. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. 905 is largely underwater, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C., due to Hurricane Florence's deluge. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. 905 is largely underwater, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C., due to Hurricane Florence’s deluge. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. Highway 905 is largely underwater, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C., due to Hurricane Florence's deluge. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. Highway 905 is largely underwater, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C., due to Hurricane Florence’s deluge. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The bridge over Simpson's Creek is the only dry spot for more than a mile on S.C. Highway 905 in the Red Bluff Community in Longs, S.C. The Red Bluff community has flooded along the Waccamaw River and Simpsons Creek from Hurricane Florence's deluge with entire neighborhoods underwater. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The bridge over Simpson’s Creek is the only dry spot for more than a mile on S.C. Highway 905 in the Red Bluff Community in Longs, S.C. The Red Bluff community has flooded along the Waccamaw River and Simpsons Creek from Hurricane Florence’s deluge with entire neighborhoods underwater. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. Highway 905 is largely underwater, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C., due to Hurricane Florence's deluge. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

The Polo Farms neighborhood off S.C. Highway 905 is largely underwater, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Longs, S.C., due to Hurricane Florence’s deluge. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Equipment sits on a high spot on the fairway at Aberdeen Golf Course in Longs, S.C., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Floodwaters from the Waccamaw River are beginning to recede in the northern part of Horry County while Conway is expected to crest on Wednesday. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Equipment sits on a high spot on the fairway at Aberdeen Golf Course in Longs, S.C., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Floodwaters from the Waccamaw River are beginning to recede in the northern part of Horry County while Conway is expected to crest on Wednesday. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

A house built in 1737 whose owner has been told it has never flooded is seen in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The house's luck may run out as officials predict record flooding from Hurricane Florence. )(Associated Press/Jeffrey Collins)

A house built in 1737 whose owner has been told it has never flooded is seen in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The house’s luck may run out as officials predict record flooding from Hurricane Florence. )(Associated Press/Jeffrey Collins)

Employees at Tomlinson Department Store take all the merchandise out of the store in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Officials have been warning of record flooding in the area from Hurricane Florence for days. (Associated Press/Jeffrey Collins)

Employees at Tomlinson Department Store take all the merchandise out of the store in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Officials have been warning of record flooding in the area from Hurricane Florence for days. (Associated Press/Jeffrey Collins)

Pastor Willie Lowrimore of The Fellowship With Jesus Ministries talks about the flooding of his church in Yauhannah, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The church is on the bank of the Waccamaw River which has already risen above its record crest and is expected to keep rising for several days, forcing thousands of evacuations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

Pastor Willie Lowrimore of The Fellowship With Jesus Ministries talks about the flooding of his church in Yauhannah, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The church is on the bank of the Waccamaw River which has already risen above its record crest and is expected to keep rising for several days, forcing thousands of evacuations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

Barricades block a flooded road near Georgetown, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Officials in Georgetown County have asked for thousands of people to evacuate as the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence make their way to the ocean. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Barricades block a flooded road near Georgetown, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. Officials in Georgetown County have asked for thousands of people to evacuate as the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence make their way to the ocean. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Shawn Lowrimore, Pastor Willie Lowrimore of The Fellowship With Jesus Ministries', son, wades into water near the church in Yauhannah, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The church is on the bank of the Waccamaw River which has already risen above its record crest and is expected to keep rising for several days, forcing thousands of evacuations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

Shawn Lowrimore, Pastor Willie Lowrimore of The Fellowship With Jesus Ministries’, son, wades into water near the church in Yauhannah, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The church is on the bank of the Waccamaw River which has already risen above its record crest and is expected to keep rising for several days, forcing thousands of evacuations in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

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