Some folks in Nichols feel left out from help by FEMA

Some folks in Nichols feel left out from help by FEMA

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Nichols was one of the hardest-hit areas in our state, and almost three weeks after Hurricane Matthew, people in that community are frustrated and don't know where to turn.

"It's just hard to face something that you always called home," Nichols resident Patricia Coleman said, adding that it was the aftermath that caused problems when the water started rising so fast. That's when she realized Matthew was no gentlemen and knew it was time to leave.

"I'd like to go to my bathroom, take my shower, and walk around in my house," Coleman said.

Now almost three weeks later, she's still forced to do those things at her church's fellowship hall.

Walls in her house are buckling, and when you walk around, water still sits in the carpet.

"My hands are tied, I'm too old to start over again," Coleman said.

Everything is damaged, but pictures were salvaged keepsakes of a time before the storm, of her children and grandchildren that she raised in the house she lived in for 47 years.

"I know there's other people that lost their homes, and I pray for them every day, because if they feel the way I feel, it hurts when you can't come home," Coleman said.

Next door to Patricia Coleman is where her daughter lived before the storm; she's also trying to recover from the devastation left behind.

"I've got two kids that are not with me and I can't get them home because I don't have a home to go to right now," Nichols resident Ammie Boyette said.

Now she lives in her car.

She's been looking for help, but has been denied by FEMA twice.

She says the representative who came by almost fell three times and had to put on a mask to not get sick.

"He said if he had the right to put condemned on my house he would, but he didn't have that right, he did put on his paper inhabitable which I signed off on, but yet I still got denied," Boyette said.

People are frustrated and feel they have nowhere to turn, but in the midst of Matthew's winds and water changing the landscape at many people's homes, it still hasn't changed people's faith.

"If I hadn't had the Lord I couldn't have made it, he's brought me this far and I don't know how I'm going to make it without him," Coleman said.

People in this community are looking for any assistance to rebuild, to recover, they need help from you.

To help this family, click this link to their GoFundMe page

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