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During a hurricane, where does all the pig poop go? Into your water.

The horrifying pig poop floods in North Carolina are not a one-time thing.

Hurricane Florence inundated at least 54 lagoons full of pig excrement when it made landfall September 14 and unloaded at least 8 trillion gallons of rainfall over North Carolina in less than a week. The record rainfall may be a new one for the history books, but the slurry of hog poop, urine, bristles, dead skin, and bacteria that’s sloshed into the environment is déjà vu twice over.

In 1999, contaminated the rivers, wells, and groundwater of rural eastern North Carolina.

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