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Lee's Landing flood victims ask for more help

Children have to take a boat to get to and from school in Lees Landing (Source: Amy Lipman) Children have to take a boat to get to and from school in Lees Landing (Source: Amy Lipman)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Many people have stayed at home throughout the flooding along the Waccamaw River because some say evacuating isn’t always a realistic option.

“It’s not as simple as that,” said Lenore Letellier, who lives in Lee's Landing. “It’s almost like we’re being punished because we chose to stay behind.”

Nina King, who also lives in Lee's Landing, said she'd like to see more help available to be able to leave.

“Us flood victims, we’re still dealing with this on a daily basis,” King said.

King added her children have to board a boat to get to and from school right now.

“From here to our house takes a half an hour in a boat,” she said. “They’re still expected to keep up with all the rest of the kids and keep going. They’re exhausted. They’ve reached their max probably.”

King said they would have left if they could have. Her family is in Lee's Landing, so they don’t have anywhere else to stay. She doesn’t feel comfortable having her children in a shelter and hotels are too expensive.

“Two hundred and 50 dollars a week was the cheapest,” King said. “Then on top of that, we still have to pay our bills.”

FEMA will pay for transitional shelter assistance to eligible disaster survivors whose, according to the FEMA website, "communities are uninhabitable or inaccessible due to disaster-related damages." 

King, however, said her family couldn't afford to wait for FEMA to pay them back. They have been without power since the storm.

“It’s torture,” she said. “We got a generator, but there’s only so much you can run off a generator.”

King said she’d like more assistance to get to a safer place with her family while the water goes down.

“Help us get out of there,” King said. “We’re being made to stay in there because we can’t financially afford just to pick up and leave,”

Letellier also said she thinks more help is needed in Lee's Landing right now for people who have had to stay. She said she can’t evacuate because she has pets and her house to think about.

"You have to protect your animals, your home, yourselves," she said. "Nobody has been there to help us. The frustration level is beyond reason right now."

She said just running a simple errand is a difficult task.

“Taking a trip to the store is a major ordeal,” she said. “Going five minutes will take an hour and a half.”

Both King and Letellier said a gasoline truck would be useful because they spend money every day powering boats and generators. They also said it gets very dark at night where the boats are located on Lee's Landing Circle, so they’d appreciate a light for people to be able to see when they’re coming and going.  

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