Rain adding another obstacle for those rebuilding after Florence

Rain adding another obstacle for those rebuilding after Florence
(Source: Klein, Ian)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -- After nearly three straight days of rain showers, Mother Nature isn’t making things easier on those rebuilding after the flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Residents in Conway and Socastee said they get an unsettling feeling when they hear about thunder storms or possible flooding, and rightfully so after the damage caused by Matthew and Florence.

While most are still rebuilding the recent rain, fall isn’t much help.

Kim Strong is the Pastor of Trinity United Methodists in Conway, less than a mile from Long Avenue which has closed Friday night due to flooding, an all too familiar sight.

“Everyone’s nerves are a little raw in this community,” said Pastor Strong.

In Socastee some residents are still unsure about their future and always have that concern of flood damage any time it rains.

“Just a simple storm that you might be upset you didn’t get to play golf or couldn’t go to the park we’re trying to save our houses,” said one Socastee resident.

“It’s almost like PTSD particularly for those who have been through this three or four times in the last three years,” said Strong.

Water still sits in the saturated yards of empty homes, leaving the neighborhood surrounding the church eerie and quiet, but Strong still believes the community and church WILL rebuild.

“My job is to make sure this church is never in this situation again,” said Strong.

For some families this is their third Christmas in four years without a place to call home and for the future of Trinity United Methodist they’re still deciding whether to rebuild or relocate.

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