Aerial views in Lumberton, North Carolina of destruction brought on by flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

The National Guard, State Highway Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard joined local first responders Tuesday in rescue operations across parts of North Carolina as rivers continued to overwhelm their banks, sending floodwaters racing through streets, homes and businesses.

Power remained out to hundreds of thousands of residents, and thousands were boiling their water amid the collateral damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew. Rainfall levels from the storm reached up to 18 inches inland. Now, all that water has drained into rivers, sending them to record levels as they rush toward the ocean.

Across eastern North Carolina, “all major…