Upstate crews help during Hurricane Matthew

Crews from Oconee Co. help after Hurricane Matthew

OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Upstate first responders who helped after the storm are starting to return back home.

Crews from Oconee County Emergency Services went to Horry County and helped rescue and evacuate people as the water continued to rise around their homes.

“You just don’t imagine what it would look like until you’re actually there to see it,” said Captain Scott Smith. “The deeper you got into the subdivision, the deeper the water got.”

Others helped at the emergency operations centers, supported staff and organized supplies, said Deputy Chief of Special Operations Scott Krein.

“I gave a lady a bottle of water and she thanked me for a bottle of water, and what we consider a want and a need becomes two different things,” Krein explained. “Seeing people in their time of vulnerability and able to help something in their time of vulnerability, I wouldn’t trade my life, that was phenomenal,”

The volunteers say they were proud to see crews from across the Upstate helping out during and after the storm, said Deputy Chief Shane Gibbs. “Some people, everything that they’ve worked for in their whole life is ruined, and to be able to help them in that time of need was very fulfilling.”

Crews from Oconee Co. help after Hurricane Matthew
Crews from Oconee Co. help after Hurricane Matthew

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