HURRICANE MATTHEW’S SECOND WAVE HAS THOUSANDS FLEEING
Hurricane Matthew’s Second wave
Hurricane Matthew’s second wave has thousands of locals, who have never experienced a flood, fleeing their homes as waters engulf area towns. The entire town of Nichols, S.C. is completely underwater. These are the very towns tourists drive through to reach the beaches of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Many of these homeowners work in tourist related industries making just over $20,000 annually. Few of these workers have ever asked for any type of federal or state assistance, including unemployment.
Most had only a few hours to flee their homes. Two hundred were recently evacuated by helicopter. Thousands of area homes, like those shown in the video above, are now under water. Many of these families will not qualify for federal assistance if they do ask. They do not have flood insurance.
One local residents’ advocacy group is now stepping forward to help. The Beach Coalition’s main mission is to represent both local residents who are long term locals and those who have recently moved into the area. The Beach Coalition promotes quality of life issues that include clean oceanfront beaches and free beach access. Funded entirely by donations itself, the Beach Coalition decided this week to in turn donate 20% of their own funding from donations to help residents devastated by the floods.
“We are going to get help to those hard working average Americans who need it right now,” said Karon Mitchell of the Beach Coalition. “While it is the oceanfront hotel owners that get all the national press coverage, as these waters rise and fall, none of these people will have a home to call home. That news certainly won’t make the headlines as they work to rebuild their lives. Any amount will make difference as these people face Christmas with no homes and few resources. That’s why we’ve decided to give from what we receive ourselves as a 100% funded non profit.”
Towns that include Socastee, Bucksport, Mullins, Nichols, and Brittons Neck all have residents forced to flee their homes. Most residents left with only the things they could quickly gather together ahead of rushing floods. “These flood victims are the kinds of people who can make a 2004 Chevy truck last another 100,000 miles with a lifted hood and just few stops at NAPA. These are the kind of people who stop to assist when they see someone stranded by the side of the road. They will certainly be great stewards of what we give them.” Mitchell said
If you would like to support the Beach Coalition today, you have the opportunity to not only invest in the coalition’s concerns and goals, but also to help local residents devastated by the floods by visiting our page at MyrtleBeachSC.com.
“The Beach Coalition’s mission continues. They will not abandon it. However, I believe God wants us all to live out our good neighbor values while we continue to work toward true change in Horry County,” Mitchell added.
The Beach Coalition is a not for profit S.C. organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Myrtle Beach Area Residents And Fans Pull Together To Help Flood Victims