With Hunting Island State Park set to reopen on May 26, 2017, after being shut down for seven months because of damage from Hurricane Matthew, we decided to take an aerial tour of the park on the eve of its reopening.
Hunting Island State Park, which was badly damaged and lost 250 parking spaces during Hurricane Matthew, reopens on the Friday before Memorial Day. Here park manager Daniel Gambrell describes, on May 19, 2017, the current parking situation and offers advice on ways to increase your chances of finding a space when you come to the park.
After Hurricane Matthew felled a large oak tree in Bob and Marcie Zanzigs’ Bluffton backyard, the family got creative and converted the toppled tree into a playground complete with a fort and zip line for their grandkids.
Hilton Head Island resident Maxine Uttal stands in her driveway Thursday, more than six months after Hurricane Matthew deposited seven trees on her Hilton Head Island home, making it uninhabitable. She is awaiting insurance adjusters but still remembers the moment when she saw her home for the first time after the evacuation order was lifted.
Duane Parrish, director of S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism, explains on Monday, April 17, 2017 that regular visitors of Hunting Island State Park will notice a difference when the park reopens on Memorial Day weekend due to the damage Hurricane Matthew caused in October.
Work to remove debris is slow moving on land at Planter's Row Golf Course on Hilton Head Island between Dillon and Union Cemetery roads off US 278. The town-owned land is leased to Heritage Golf Group and has been a staging ground for debris shortly after the storm. Debris processing operations at Honey Horn and Chaplin Community Park have been completed.
The Men's Ministry of First Zion Missionary Baptist Church was out in force on April 1, 2017 to clean up the Buck Island Cemetery of debris left by Hurricane Matthew. Here, church Cemetery Committee treasurer Anne Cooke describes the effort and the cemetery's history.
Photos taken by W.R. Cheney on March 28, 2017 show the demolition of the boats deposited by Hurricane Matthew on the bank of Factory Creek back in October as Beaufort County Public Waste Manager James Minor describes the marine debris hazards that still remain nearly six months after the storm.
The final boat marooned near Palmetto Bay Marina on Hilton Head Island was pulled from the water March 20, 2017. Pegasus was tentatively scheduled for demolition the next day. A crew from AshBritt Environmental, out of Deerfield Beach, Fla., which did the hauling, will also do the crunching.
Angela Gilstrap talks about the three hardest things about tiny home living since she, her boyfriend, her children and two dogs have been forced to live in an old RV in front of the home that they rent in Beaufort after it flooded during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.