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Johnsonville residents stick together

Florence County neighborhood still under water

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Flood waters have gone down in the Johnsonville community, and residents can finally go back home. The American Red Cross provided a donation center at Johnsonville First Baptist Church Florence County residents could come and pick up items to help them get settled back home.

Folks can finally drive through the road and go inside their homes. That’s why distribution centers like the Red Cross mean so much to the residents. Clean up kits were passed out to people to help scrub mud and water stains from their homes.

Things like cleaning brushes, bleach, gloves, mops, and paper products were sent home with people, and everything they would need to start the recovery process. Lou Palm, the Disaster Manager for American Red Cross Eastern South Carolina Chapter says, “This is a resilient community, they live on the river they know that this happens to them every couple years, they know how to react to it and are very, very thankful to their community.”

Chad Hastings, the Senior Pastor of Johnsonville First Baptist Church tells me he has seen over seven hundred people come through this donation center the past few days.

“It’s a blessing, stuff I might have had, not anymore I’d have to buy ‘em, it’s a blessing they’ll give it to me,” said Mary Campbell, a Johnsonville Resident at the donation center.

Properties like the Johnsonville neighborhood are still covered in water, but now people can check on their homes and start to repair the damage left behind.

Mary Ard has lived off first neck road and says, “This is the worst flood in 59 years, I’ve been here all my life and people’s heart broken, houses stink, everything’s floating.”

Residents tell me this recovery will take time, but they are determined to get through it together. “We’re recovering and we’re gonna come back I know we are. Too many people are helping us… we gonna come back,” Ard said.

The American Red cross encourage everyone to register with FEMA right away for disaster assistance. They are also partnering with the Florence County Emergency Management to open up a relief center locally, in just a couple days to give residents a one stop shop for all the assistance they need.

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