Farmers in North Carolina are working to avoid a potential manure lagoon flood as Hurricane Florence approaches.
Manure overspill, should it occur, could pose a serious threat to surrounding waterways and wildlife.
The area is so densely populated with pig farms, that environmentalist Katy Langley says 'when you fly over the area, you can't throw a rock without hitting one'.
An employee of environmental protection organization Sound Rivers, Langley cited concerns of manure floods running into nearby rivers that it is her job to protect.
Farm workers in the area are pumping waste out of the lagoons and using it as fertilizer in the hopes of creating enough room for impending rainfall.
However, it's currently unclear whether they can accommodate such heavy rains.
Manure lagoon floods are a common occurrence - with or without extreme weather conditions.
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