5th person dead as SC cleans up from Hurricane Matthew

Hilton Head Island Hurricane Damage

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – A man drowned in his home in Nichols, making him the fifth death in South Carolina from Hurricane Matthew.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson told The Associated Press that 40-year-old James Tyler refused to leave his home when rescuers warned him two rivers near the town were rising fast last weekend.

SCEMD and FEMA are conducting damage assessments and say that 155 state roads and 27 bridges remain closed in the aftermath of the powerful hurricane.

There are also 38,375 storm-related power outages in the state. The South Carolina National Guard still has over 1,500 personnel mobilized.

11 shelters remain open with 307 occupants. Food banks have served a total of 518,000 meals to disaster victims.

Anyone who needs food, clothing, or shelter should call 211 to be connected with local relief supplies.

Residents with damage from Hurricane Matthew can call 1-800-451-1954 to for volunteers from Helping Hands to help debris and mold cleanup.

Flooding triggered by the hurricane has killed at least 41 people in the U.S. and more than 500 people in Haiti.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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