One couple was prepared for what Hurricane Matthew had to throw at them Saturday, but they weren’t ready for what came calling Sunday.
“We did everything that we thought would prepare us for the storm as far as getting enough food, candles lights, batteries. All the stuff we were told to get, we had it, and he has a gas stove,” said Amy Williams, gesturing to her boyfriend, Jack Hermes. “But it did not prepare us for this.”
Williams was staying at Hermes’ house on Busbee Street in Conway when the flooding hit. Because of road closures, she wasn’t able to get back home. Sunday morning, the two of them were at his house waiting out the flood.
“It was a surprise in this neighborhood,” she said. “We weren’t quite expecting it. We went to bed last night, we thought we were out of the woods and then we woke up to the flood. It’s scary because we can’t move around. I just bought a new car, and I’m worried about it.”
Hermes said that he was surprised to see flooding at his house, because he thought it wasn’t in a flood zone. According a an Horry County map, his address is located in a FEMA flood zone .
“When we went to bed last night all we were worried about was the wind because the water was just covering the grass,” he said. “And when I woke up this morning, I found this. I said a couple of expletives and I said I cannot believe there’s water here. And it’s been rising throughout the day.”
Hermes said he never thought about leaving when he saw the flooding.
“We were hoping that it would start to recede, but it hasn’t,” he said. “But we’re not going anywhere. We knew it was coming and we prepared, but we had no idea that this area would flood like this. It’s never happened.”
Hermes said a bedroom, which was formerly a garage and is the lowest point in the house, is flooded. He said everything in that room is a loss.
“I’m not a guy that gets real concerned, but when we woke up this morning, we were amazed that the water was here,” he said.
William said that despite the flooding, it could be worse.
“I’m just grateful that we’re here to tell the story,” she said. “We could have lost our lives or he could have lost his home.”
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian