Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home

  • Maine Johnson with the city’s communications department, takes photos of the Cape Fear River after its projected time of cresting in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Kyle Crawford uses a shopping cart to carry bags of ice he purchased days after Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Debra Wolf pulls back the curtains upon returning from a shelter to her home which narrowly escaped flood damage along the Cape Fear River in Linden, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Conway, S.C. At left is FEMA Administrator Brock Long and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, second from left. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

  • Ralph Nixon drinks a cup of coffee as he takes a break from helping customers at Rose Ice & Coal purchase ice in Wilmington, N.C. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • President Donald Trump shakes hands with FEMA Administrator Brock Long as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen watches after visiting areas in North Carolina and South Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Myrtle Beach International Airport in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for nearly three dozen deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road.

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