Atop the standard dangers of floodwaters - snakes, not being able to see any potential hazards, the force of rushing waters - North Carolina has given people another reason to avoid them: floating fire ant colonies.
A news crew out surveying damage in the Stantonsburg, North Carolina community spotted what can only be described as a horrifying sight: maybe a 3 foot-long colony of fire ants floating atop inches-deep floodwaters there. To survive the floods, colonies will emerge from the ground, form a ball and then float around on the water until they reach a dry area.
Update: major flood waters rising about to inundate I40 north of Wilmington NC. State police shutting it down. Water came up 1.5 feet in 30 min. Fire ant barges saving their colonies @breakingweather @accuweather #Florence pic.twitter.com/xP64YwuGjJ— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) September 15, 2018