Erik Anderson shot this video on Oct. 11, 2016 a few days after Hurricane Matthew inundated the east coast with strong winds and storm surge. The video gives a glimpse at what islanders may expect once the Harbor River Bridge is repaired.
In her 57 years, Betty Bush has never seen Spanish Wells look so bad. Bush returned to her Brams Point Road home the morning of Oct. 12, 2016. Her home was relatively unscathed, but the neighborhood lost a large number of trees.
Joe DeVito, field operations manager for the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, explains the effort to restore power to a vital piece of infrastructure, the pump stations that keep sewage flowing toward treatment plants.
On a driving tour of Fripp Island on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, the most severe damage to the gated community was the sea wall on Porpoise Drive. Several homes had trees land on their roofs but the majority of the island’s ocean side structures suffered damage from storm surge flooding. Homes further from the ocean suffered superficial damage - shingles and eave damage - from the winds.
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Mickey Goodman came home to his North Forest Beach home to find a two-story-tall tree across the front of his North Forest Beach House. The tree does not appear to have damaged his home's structure, but it might be weeks before a tree company is free to remove it. He said he might try to do the work himself.
After pumping 3,000 gallons of water from his shop's oil pit, Barry Edwards said the business is open for body work, and might open for full service Oct. 13. And none too soon: 20 minutes after cutting through debris to access the shop, a customer drove up hoping to get her oil changed.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Meeting Street, off Main Street, was undergoing an expansion project when Hurricane Matthew blew by Hilton Head Island and caused the creek behind the property to overflow. Water rose across the property and into the church.
After the road to Harbour Town in Sea Pines was finally cleared of debris on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, the Island Packet took a tour around the yacht basin with CSA president Bret Martin.
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Save for a damp patch of carpet by a back door, Island Lutheran Church escaped the flooding that Hurricane Matthew seemed to rain down on so much else on Hilton Head's Main Street. Take a first look with head trustee George Clawson.
Hilton Head Island resident Richard Boyette says he grew up in the Outer Banks and has experienced hurricanes before and Matthew was pretty bad. Here, he describes riding the storm out on Oct. 11, 2016.
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