Flood victims get food and water; rain spreads to Northeast

  • People walk away after receiving MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • A member of the Civil Air Patrol helps Jack Thompson, right, with a carton of MREs (Meals Ready To Eat) water and tarps at distribution area in Wilmington, N.C. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Catherine Riggs, holds her grandson Luke Humphrey as she listens to a briefing aboard a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter in Burgaw , N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The family was rescued by the crew and taken to a shelter in Wilmington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

  • Russell Maloy walks over a railway bridge near his home to check the level of the Cape Fear River which has been rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to open a second route into the surrounded city.

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