Hurricane Matthew: The Pee Dee and Grand Strand’s Experience

Hurricane Matthew has been gone for 36 hours, yet the state of South Carolina is still reeling from its effects. Even today, the small little town of Nichols, SC was completely inundated by the combination excessive rainfall and the overflowing Lumber River. More than 150 people gathered at the town hall, needing rescue from the stunningly quick rise of the river. Some of South Carolina’s finest, including the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), law enforcement, and the National Guard, were able to get these people out of harm’s way.

The people of this town I know are grateful for their delivery from danger; however, the people of Nichols are even more vulnerable to natural disasters like these. The town’s main economic drivers, tobacco farming and a furniture manufacturing facility, have vanished in the last 15 years. A lot of Nichols residents are barely scraping by and cannot afford the loss of a house or a vehicle. The reason this is important is because Nichols is not a unique place, many areas throughout this state have poor communities that are vulnerable to natural disasters. It is important to report on these areas, not just the wealthy and heavily populated areas of this state that tend to be focused on.

Therefore, I have collected some tidbits and images from various tweets. These focus on northeastern South Carolina, a region that a lot of people refer to as the Pee Dee. A lot of these are from WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski, a meteorlogist who I have a lot of respect for. I want to give a big thank you to Ed, all of the first responders, national guard, DNR personnel, electrical linesmen, and all of the other people making sure that the people of SC are safe and cared for. The first picture below is showing the great work that all of these people do. The rest are roughly in order from the early effects of the storm to the aftermath.

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