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Major flooding continues in wake of Hurricane Matthew [photos].

Byline: Jayleen R. Heft, PropertyCasualty360.com

Flooding from Hurricane Matthew continued in North Carolina Wednesday, leaving 19 dead and several counties under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the Weather Channel.

Hurricane Matthew caused devastating inland flooding because of heavy rains across multiple states, including record rainfall amounts in parts of North Carolina.

The hurricane is being compared to Hurricane Floyd in 1999, but the damages in North Carolina from Matthew are likely to be much worse because of the areas being affect the hardest, according to Boston-based Karen Clark & Co..

Water levels are expected to exceed the 500-year flood levels for the second time in 20 years in North Carolina.

Matthew's U.S. death toll climbs to 38

Matthew's death toll in the U.S. has climbed to 38, half of them in North Carolina, according to NBC News.

President Barack Obama has declared a federal emergency for 35 counties as floodwaters -- and the death toll -- continued to rise this week.

Based on high resolution storm surge, inland flooding, and wind models, Karen Clark & Co. estimates insurers will pay $7 billion for Hurricane Matthew damages in the U.S.

Related: Deadly Hurricane Matthew in pictures

Here are photos of the continuing devastation from floodwaters:

A home on the west side of town is surrounded by floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Wednesday.. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

Jerry Greene helps place waterlogged belongings in a pile outside his parents' flood-damaged home Wednesday in Pooler, Ga. Despite being some 35 miles inland from the coast, about 14 homes on Tappan Zee Drive in Pooler got flooded when the storm's heavy rains overwhelmed a drainage ditch for stormwater. Residents on the street said they don't have flood insurance and face having to pay for repairs out of pocket.(Photo: Russ Bynum/AP Photo)

A car is surrounded by floodwaters on Highway 9 on Tuesday in Nichols, S.C. (Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

A tractor trailer truck is submerged in floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew on Highway NC 211 near the Mayfair neighborhood in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

Mark Bergstresser, with the Cumberland Co. Sheriff's department, uses his boat to transport people and supplies through floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew to the Mayfair neighborhood where he lives in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

A swiftwater rescue team member holds a dog that was rescued from floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Monday. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

A home sits in floodwaters in Nichols, S.C., Monday. (Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

Floodwaters surround downtown Nichols, S.C. on Tuesday. (Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

Submerged vehicles are seen on Tuesday in Nichols, S.C. About 150 people were rescued by boats from flooding in the riverside village of Nichols on Monday. (Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

Floodwaters cover a roadway near Mullins, S.C., Monday. (Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

A man moves his belongings from his home that is surrounded by floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Monday. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

A volunteer firefighter with the Raynham-McDonald Fire Department makes his way through floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew to turn off the lights of a school bus in front of W.H. Knuckles Elementary School in Lumberton, N.C., Monday. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

A car is submerged in floodwaters caused by rain from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., Monday. (Photo: Mike Spencer/AP Photo)

Floodwaters surround homes, businesses and cars in Nichols, S.C., Monday. (Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt/AP Photo)

Related: View our full coverage on disaster risks and recovery for Hurricane Season 2016.
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