Hurricane Matthew

SC Public Radio Report | Nichols Resident Shares Evacuation Experience.

By T. Eaddy

Flooded home in the Britton's Neck Community of Gresham, SC

Many South Carolinians may not have heard of the town of Nichols prior to Gov. Nikki Haley's October 10th press conference. The small town is in Marion County and has a population of about 400.  Those watching that update, learned that more than half of the town's residents were rescued from the third floor of the town hall. Nichols was flooded from rising waters from the neighboring Lumber River. South Carolina Public Radio's Thelisha Eaddy talks with a resident about how he and his family were taken to higher ground.

How Florence Dealt With Massive Power Outages from Hurricane Matthew

By K. Cannon

October 10th in Florence, SC.

Florence, S.C. saw a massive number of power outages from Hurricane Matthew. We spoke to Charles Ellison, Duke Energy Company Spokesperson, about the damage that was done by the hurricane and how energy companies were working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible. 

Waccamaw River Continues To Be of Great Concern: Governor Haley, Thursday Afternoon

By K. Park

flooding in Conway from the Waccamaw River

Governor Nikki Haley and her emergency team addressed the press in a conference from the South Carolina State House at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 13.

The Waccamaw River is currently the area of most concern. “The hard part is the wait,” said Governor Haley. Director Taylor of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said that from the Bucks Port area to Conway the entire river system is rising. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is pre-positioning assets and performing an analysis of projected floodways.

President Declares Disaster for State of South Carolina

By T. Safdi

A home with trees fallen

In response to Governor Nikki Haley’s request, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 13 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, eligible private non-profit organizations and electric co-operatives for certain expenses they have incurred. Federal disaster aid is not available for individual residents at this time.

ETV’s Web of Water Resources: Documentary, Webisodes and More on Knowitall.org

By B. Jamison

Map of SC Lakes and Rivers

Throughout history, civilizations have been drawn to water—for its life-sustaining properties; for its benefit to agriculture, trade, and transportation; for purposes of relaxation and recreation; and as a source of energy. During the floods of last October, through its continuing recovery efforts, and now, as we struggle with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, South Carolinians have been reminded of its immense power. 

“Don’t ever say South Carolina is not resilient”: Governor Haley, Tuesday Afternoon

By K. Park

cleanup with a bulldozer on Surfside Beach

“The sun is shining and that is a blessing.” Governor Nikki Haley said in a press conference at South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division just after noon on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Governor Haley stated that as rivers start to flow and as waters move, what was a hurricane situation is now becoming a flood situation in South Carolina. Marion County, for example, is currently under four feet of water. This situation in several areas of the state could last for at least the next week.

Mayor of Beaufort on Recovery After Matthew

By K. Park

Mayor of Beaufort, SC, Billy Keyserling

Billy Keyserling, Mayor of Beaufort, S.C., speaks with Palmetto Scene about Beaufort's recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew.

Watch Palmetto Scene this Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., as we look at how South Carolina rebuilds following the storm.

Sunday Game Day: #SCStrong

By K. Park

fans walk into Williams Brice Stadium

Despite Hurricane Matthew's whipping winds, destructive surges and heavy rainfall, the rescheduled University of South Carolina football game against University of Georgia had South Carolina residents coming together on a beautiful post-Matthew Sunday. While the state continues to recover and rebuild, South Carolinians found comfort in celebrating the South's most popular fall tradition: SEC football.

"South Carolina is getting stronger by the day": Governor Haley, Monday Afternoon

By K. Park

SCE&G workers in Charleston, SC

Governor Nikki Haley addressed the press from the Emergency Management Division (EMD) Monday afternoon, Oct. 10.

Due to flooding from the rivers, Governor Haley changed the fly-over originally scheduled for Beaufort to a flight over Florence and Marion counties. There has been significant damage in these areas, and the governor said most first floors are gone, and many homes and cars were also lost.

Hurricane Matthew: Returning Home

By T. Safdi

Destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew

Residents affected by Hurricane Matthew should continue monitoring local news sources and verified, official social media feeds for the most up-to-date information about communities and what to do when returning home. 

At the request of local officials, Governor Nikki Haley has lifted all evacuation orders for zones along the South Carolina coast. Residents should remember the effects of Hurricane Matthew will continue for days, if not weeks. 

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