CCU students return after being evacuated during Matthew

CCU students return after being evacuated during Matthew

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It's back to school for Coastal Carolina University now that Hurricane Matthew has passed.

Several students arrived back to campus Wednesday afternoon after being evacuated to Clemson University last week.

According to CCU's housing director, Steve Harrison, Clemson swooped in at the last minute to shelter students from Hurricane Matthew and he said the Tigers made them feel right at home.

Forty-seven students were given shelter at Clemson, while thousands of others had to return home until the storm was over.

Those who came back to campus Wednesday were wearing orange T-shirts that said "TEALnation in Tigertown" in honor of their hosts at Clemson.

"We have over 4,000 students living with us, so to end up with just 47 who needed our assistance, and many of those were international students, we were in great shape to take them to Clemson and have them taken care of for those seven days or so." said Harrison.

Harrison added once the call was made that it was time to leave, CCU initiated its evacuation plan and communicated constantly with students and held face-to-face meetings to let them know what was going on.

According to Harrison, several other schools like Davidson and the University of South Carolina offered a helping hand as well.

"I think amongst all the college and universities there's, for lack of a better term, a fraternity and an understanding that any time something comes up for any of us and we can offer to help, we do that," he said.

Joshua Mishoe was evacuated last Wednesday after Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency for Horry County. He said he knew he was leaving but had no idea where he was going or for how long. Students said they're glad to be back safe and sound, with only one tiny setback.

"We have school Saturdays now," Mishoe said. "We have to catch up on a lot of work. That's the only thing that may have been the worst part about it, but other than that, it was like a little mini vacation."

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