WHAT’S HAPPENING: Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence

  • Chris Stein yells at an Onslow County Sheriff deputy begging for a power company to come cut the wires that are down in front of her neighborhood near Jacksonville N.C.,Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. She says “It’s like being in Jurassic Park” and has been trapped for 4 days. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

  • A message outside a razed home along the Neuse River in New Bern, N.C. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Near the flooded-out town of New Bern , where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling floodwaters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes. In the neighboring town of Trenton, downtown streets were turned to creeks full of brown water.(AP Photo/Gary D Robertson)

  • Crews with N.C. Baptist on Mission set up Monday Sept. 17, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Independence Blvd. in Wilmington, N.C. The group plans on offering relief to those going thorough the aftermath of Hurricane Florence for as long as they are needed. (Ken Blevins /The Star-News via AP)

  • Hundreds of people line up to buy ice at Rose Ice Company Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 in Wilmington, N.C. Most of the city is still without power and a steady crowd lined up throughout the day to purchase ice. The line stretched across Market Street and police closed the road to facilitate the traffic. (Chuck Liddy /The News & Observer via AP)

MIAMI — Like hurricanes Harvey and Katrina before it, Florence will be remembered for unleashing a staggering amount of water over a vast area. The flooding unfolded just as forecasters expected, but many residents in the Carolinas still seemed caught off guard as they were plucked off a vehicle’s roof or pulled by boat from their flooded homes. Whether they were just stubborn, short of resources to leave or believed they had already seen worse devastation, all will be haunted by what the water has swept away.

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