When they woke on Saturday morning, Peter and Kathie Lynch of Rose Hill did not expect to be trapped at their own home.
“We had a tree hit our house,” Peter Lynch said. “We had three other trees fall down. The driveway is blocked and we haven’t been able to get out and we haven’t been able to find anybody to call that can handle the job to take it out.”
“We were lucky it didn’t go through,” Kathie Lynch said of the tree that fell on the left side of her home.
The husband and wife team live on White Oak Circle in the gated community which, the Bluffton Township Fire District says is one of the worse areas in Bluffton to be impacted by Hurricane Matthew. They chose to stay and whether the storm.
“Really and truly we’ve been very fortunate as far as life-threatening situations,” Capt. Randy Hunter said Saturday afternoon. “We have a lot of trees down in Colleton River that we are trying to get into and Rose Hill, the equestrian side, there are a lot of trees down. We haven’t seen too many into a house, so that’s a good thing.”
Hunter said The Farm at Buckwalter was heavily flooded and firefighters were preparing to help residents as needed and clear roadways.
Residents, Hunter said, should continue to be cautious as trees continue to sway in the wind and to be on the lookout for downed power lines.