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Nichols mayor: Matthew flooding has been 'humbling' experience

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Nichols was one of the hardest hit towns by Matthew. (Source: WMBF News) Nichols was one of the hardest hit towns by Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)
MARION COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Some South Carolinians still without a home days after Hurricane Matthew.

The town of Nichols in Marion County is still under water.

After speaking with the Mayor of Nichols and a state representative from Marion County, they say the water has gone down some, but it’s still a disaster zone and they’re expecting state help to get through it.

RELATED: See photos of Hurricane Matthew damage from around the Midlands.

Mayor Lawson Battle says he lost everything, has no car, no house, just two changes of clothes, and is sleeping on a friend’s couch. But he says state law enforcement, Department of Natural Resources agents, and National Guardsmen have held their hands through it and are at the very least, helping with moral support. He imagines state funding will be necessary once everything dries out.

"I’ve never seen anything close," Battle said. "This has been the most six humbling days of my whole life. I’ve never seen anything like it on television. You know, it’s been humbling. You know, on the state level, the emergency management teams are staying with us. They’re holding our hands, helping us through it. Nichols is a very small, close-knit community and we have to have someone like that to help us through it."

The National Weather Service says it could be weeks before the waters recede and even more flooding could happen in the Pee Dee region.

We have reached out to Gov. Nikki Haley’s office for a statement on her visit today and the state’s response.

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