ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts are underway in Allendale County.
Hurricane Matthew may have moved on from South Carolina, but the work is only beginning in Allendale.
On Monday, Emergency Management crews had just started checking the government buildings and school for damages.
“I know for a fact Allendale Elementary School took a direct hit,” said E.M.A. Director Gidget Stanley-Banks.
Banks says her crew were only in phase one of their assessments, but concluded the county courthouse suffered extensive water damage. Most of the offices reeked of mildew and dozens of ceiling tiles had fallen.
Still, Banks says it was still too early to determine if any documents were destroyed by the storm.
“We are worried about the rest of the county,” Banks told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Residential damages are phase two of the Allendale County E.M.A. assessments efforts, but it’s hard to miss the trees laying across the roof of houses, trees hugging cars, and railroad caution signs ripped apart.
Boundary Street is a direct route to the Allendale County Hospital. On Monday afternoon the a huge oak tree was block the roadway.
“That’s a main road so you would think, they would have come and at least got that one.” Allendale resident Lawanda Patterson told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
The fallen tree, that brought the power lines down with it, is one of the Patterson hasn’t had electricity since Friday.
While SCE&G crews continue to work around the clock to restore power to Allendale County, Patterson and her family are making the best of the situation.
“We’ve had a chance to bond and learn survival skills,” she said.
Allendale County Schools are closed on Tuesday.
All state and county offices will reopen on Tuesday, except the courthouse.
Allendale is still under a boil water advisory until further notice.
Please remember to boil your water for 1 minute before use.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.