More residents allowed back on Edisto Beach following Hurricane Matthew

Source: Colby Thelen News 2
Source: Colby Thelen News 2

Source: Colby Thelen News 2
Source: Colby Thelen News 2

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — One of the areas in the Lowcountry hit the hardest by Hurricane Matthew was Edisto Beach, where many residents are still without power and water.

More residents will be allowed back onto the beach on Wednesday to assess the damages beginning at 8:00 a.m.. Tuesday was the first time any residents were allowed back, but they had to show identification to prove they lived there. On Tuesday, residents on six streets were given the green light to come home. On Wednesday, residents from 19 more streets were given permission.

The National Guard and several local agencies are working to clear damaged areas as many roads are still covered in sand.

On Tuesday, President Obama declared 13 counties in South Carolina federal disaster areas, including Charleston and Colleton counties. Edisto Beach will receive federal aid to help with recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

On Wednesday morning, Edisto Police posted on Facebook saying officers are gathering emergency supplies for people on the island. Those who want to donate can drop off items at Edisto Presbyterian Church on Highway174.

Needed items include:

  • Paper supplies
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Pet food
  • Charcoal
  • Fruit
  • Bread
  • Non perishable foods

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