SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Looking back, 25 years seems like a forever ago for so many people like Larry Kurtz.
"You'd go down there today, you'd never know there was a hurricane," Kurtz said.
Kurtz had just moved to Surfside Beach when Hugo hit the Grand Strand. His wife and daughter were back in Pennsylvania, so he was all on his own when things took a turn for the worse.
"I didn't know anybody, I had no friends, when it came to going somewhere when the hurricane was coming, well, I didn't know where to go," he said.
Luckily for Larry, his neighbor drove by his home and offered to take him to the nearest shelter at Socastee High School.
"We slept in a stairwell," laughed Kurtz. "It was like a private room, I mean everybody else was out on the gym floor."
The day after Hugo ravaged the Grand Strand, Kurtz took out his video camera to show the extent of the damage. He explored as long as he could before he says he was chased away by police.
"It was like a war zone, if you've ever been to Incheon or something like that," he explained.
Kurtz took his camera around Surfside Beach and tried to show his family back in Pennsylvania what was really going on.
Kurtz found main roads like Ocean Boulevard were reduced to rubble. Boards and scraps surrounded the roads, and at one point, an entire home blocked him off so he couldn't go any further.
"It's hard to explain the devastation without seeing it," he said.
After exploring, Kurtz found he was much luckier than most people in the area. His brand new home on the other side of highway 17 was somehow left untouched.
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