As the devastated Marion County town of Nichols still deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, residents are looking to the future.
Town Administrator Sandee Rogers told South Carolina Radio Network that the road to full recovery will be a long journey. “We’re just trying to get home. We’re in a marathon, not a sprint,” said Rogers.
She said the majority of houses in town were destroyed. “Of the 350 to 400 houses we have here, there are about a half dozen that are habitable. The rest have to be torn down or reconstructed,” Rogers said. 21 of the town’s 22 businesses remain closed more than two weeks after flooding began.
Rogers said that if volunteer groups would like to help out it would be greatly welcomed. “They would come to the town hall and see myself or Mayor Battle. And what we would need is some kind of credentials.”
A fund has been established at Anderson Brothers’ Bank in nearby Mullins. “It’s set up as the Town of Nichols Disaster Relief Fund. And anything that can be helped there to help our people will be greatly appreciated,” said Rogers. The state’s One SC Fund is also eyeing Nichols for some of its home repair assistance.