Many in flood-stricken Nichols still not home for Thanksgiving

Many in flood-stricken Nichols still not home for Thanksgiving

NICHOLS, SC (WMBF) - It's the busiest travel day of the year for many, but for the town of Nichols, Thanksgiving might not be happening at all.

One family only just moved back into their home, and say this Thanksgiving is going to be very different.

"We're a close-knit little town. Everybody knows everybody. People are still not coming home. People are living with their families and businesses are not reopening." said Danielle Brayfield.

It's been over a month since Hurricane Matthew, and only 15 people have returned home to Nichols. The town hall is currently stocked, offering free food and supplies to residents. The Mayor of Nichols, Lawson Battle, suffered his own losses during the storm, but has tirelessly worked to put his town back together.

"I think three businesses out of 22 are back open," Battle said. "We don't have a lot of people back yet. They don't have a way to get back. So many lost their vehicles, the ones that had vehicles."

Mayor Battle says he's proud of how hard his town has fought back against this disaster, and hopes the rest of the state will think of them during the holidays. "Everyone has been really great and we just thank everyone for their prayers and continue to remember us," he said.

"We're just lucky to be alive. We have our family and just thankful that everyone's okay." said Brayfield.

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