Palmetto Disaster Recovery in Nichols to offer help following Matthew

Palmetto Disaster Recovery in Nichols to offer help following Matthew

NICHOLS, SC (WMBF) - Much needed help has come to the town of Nichols this week.

Case managers with the Palmetto Disaster Recovery are helping the community transition to new chapters in their lives.

The entire town of Nichols was under water back in October and now almost five months later, people who live there are still trying to recover and rebuild.

The state's disaster recovery team are continuing to lend a helping hand to the community.

People living in Nichols met with disaster case managers Wednesday to help learn about long-term solutions.

The solutions involve housing, financial and health needs, and even their spiritual wellbeing.

People who needed assistance went through an intake at the disaster recovery event.

They talked with case workers about what they need done to their homes and resources they need like: furniture and appliances.

But benefits like assistance from FEMA will not be duplicated.

Counseling is also being made available.

Then once registered as clients, case workers will make an appointment to visit their homes and evaluate what was identified during the intake process.

Case workers said they hope as many people as possible particulate in this active enrollment period because they can see things with the naked eye, but it also means more when people come face-to-face.

One woman living in Nichols says so many people have left town since Matthew and she wants to see them back home.

"When I ride the streets and see the house open up and torn down and nothing being down it hurts, I want everybody to come back home, everybody wants it to be like it used to be, but it won't be like it used to be because it left something that I can't explain, maybe somebody else can, but it's just a feeling here now that we didn't have before," Nichols resident Shirley Owens said.

To be eligible for the program you must have a disaster-caused unmet need.

A need like losing your house back in October 2016 from the devastating storms of hurricane Matthew.

You also have to own or live in one of the 24 FEMA individual assistance declared counties.

Organizers also want residents to know that eligibility does not guarantee assistance.

The team is looking out for the most vulnerable people.

Their priorities will be given to the people of Nichols who are having a hard time recovering on their own, have special needs, disable, or a family with children under five.

Owens says she's thankful for the case workers, but more grateful for the help Nichols has provided since the storm.

"They made sure we have our cleaning supplies, food and clothes, whatever. There's so many people that have gave into Nichols to help us out, I just thank God for all of them," Owens said.

Palmetto Disaster Recovery will be in Nichols on Wednesday, March 22 through Friday, March 24 at the Nichols Library, located at 514 West Mullins Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Palmetto Disaster Recovery Office will focus their efforts on meeting the disaster-caused unmet needs of citizens in the 24 FEMA Individual Assistance declared counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg.

To make an appointment or get more information about Palmetto Disaster Recovery, call 1-888-860-7137 or email The Palmetto Disaster Recovery is program is administered by the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office. For more information,

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