In any state or region, Fire and Rescue service members are very important to their local communities. Here in the Sandhills of South Carolina, that statement could not ring any truer. Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington, NC on September 14th, and many communities in North and South Carolina are still feeling the effects. Local schools were closed for well over a week, with coastal school districts (Horry and Georgetown) just returning to the class room on October 1st. The damage caused from the storm is still being calculated and some of the hardest hit areas were right here in Chesterfield County. Cheraw, South Carolina received over 22 inches of rain during a 4-day period, Chesterfield received over 22 inches, and Jefferson received right at 20 inches of rain from Florence. This does not even take into account the damage caused from rising river, creek, and pond waters. Our local fire and rescue members risked their lives helping residents evacuate and flee from rising flood waters. Yes, an unimaginable amount of damage was caused from Florence, but without the bravery and effort of our fire and rescue men, I am confident in saying the extent of the damage would have been substantially worse. You can replace that new TV, but you cannot replace a life. So, Thank you to ALL first-responders, Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, and National Guard members. Without their bravery and effort, who knows how much worse it could have been.
***McLeod Farms is donating a dollar off of every corn maze admission to local Fire and Rescue outfits in our county and surrounding areas.***