Residents Work to Rebuild and Clean Up Damages

News 19's Chuck Ringwalt spent the day talking to Orangeburg residents about damages in their neighborhoods.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Hurricane Matthew may have plummeted the South Carolina coastline, but it also hit areas throughout the Midlands including Orangeburg County.

"It look like a bomb had went off.  It was terrible," Elizabeth Jackson said.

Jackson, her husband and three children are still feeling the effects of the storm.

Jackson said the trouble started when a tree down the street fell.

"It fell on the power line and then when it fell on the power line it was like a big domino effect. One power pole went down, this power pole went down. And then it pulled the power pole that was in the back of our house," she said. "We thought about going around the edge of our property to see if we can get out, but the wires cover all the way down".

Meanwhile crews have been working since Saturday throughout the area fixing these issues. 

James Young is a wastewater worker.

"Every division is working as one unit. Electric, water, gas, wastewater, we're all helping the electric division out," Young said.

After this weekend he said he's learned that mother nature can do whatever she wants whenever she wants.

"You've got to deal with it. We've got to clean up after her," he said.

And through it all Jackson said she's still thanking God.

"Our neighbors are here. We're all blessed, so we're alive and that's a blessing," she said.

The Director of Orangeburg County Emergency Services, Billy Staley, said crews are working to have power back for all residents by the end of the week.

(© 2016 WLTX)


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