We spent the week after Labor Day at Oak Island. We kept hearing people talk about the hurricane that could possibly hit our area. When we left to go home on that Sunday, we saw businesses and home owners nailing up boards to protect their property. We watched the news every day as Hurricane Florence started making its way towards NC. When it hit Brunswick County and the surrounding areas of NC, it was absolutely heart breaking to see all of the videos and pictures on TV, as well as online. But seeing the damage in person was even worse. It was unimaginable.
We spent last week at Oak Island and during our stay we got to see firsthand the areas that were hit the hardest. Seeing it in person was very sobering. To drive down streets and see people’s lives stacked up in huge piles at the side of the road left me speechless (which doesn’t happen very often). We also had the chance to talk to people and hear what they went through during the storm. We heard many stories about people who didn’t have flood insurance and lost everything they had.
While we were there last week we took several photos of what we saw. We drove down so many streets that had piles of stuff stacked in front of houses on both sides of the street. We took some photos of what we saw, but we have decided not to post them.
We were happy to be able to get to Orton Road where the causeway breached and washed out a huge stretch of the road. They have put down gravel and will be paving it in the near future. We were also happy to see one of our gators. We got some very good photos of where Beau had climbed up the bank and over the road. We could see slide marks where he dragged himself up. He has some HUGE feet!
As Brunswick County continues to rebound from all of the damage it suffered, we continue to pray for everyone who was affected by this storm.