Nichols, South Carolina
Saving a Pee Dee town from the next flood
2016 and 2018 will be remembered as the years that forever changed the small town of Nichols, South Carolina.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and Hurricane Florence in September 2018 flooded out the town, which sits at the confluence of the Lumber and Little Pee Dee Rivers. For residents, business owners and town leaders, it meant rebuilding homes and businesses, having to live with friends for months at a time and hoping that the federal government would step in to assist residents who were spending their lifetime savings to rebuild.
Carolina News reporter Matthew Edwards interviewed residents of the Nichols community to learn about their struggles, how the town is applying for federal and state funding to rebuild and what the town is doing to prevent a third flood. If they do not obtain outside help, Nichols town leaders fear the town could cease to exist.
Take a few minutes to read about life in Nichols over the last four years.
After enduring rising waters and harrowing rescues in two separate hurricanes, residents and business owners in this small Pee Dee town are working hard to ensue they are not flooded a third time.
The town of Nichols in Marion County, South Carolina, is still recovering from flooding in 2016 and 2018. Now, as the town works to secure grants to rebuild, leaders are determined to prevent devastation from future floods or hurricanes.
After suffering two floods in three years, the town of Nichols is racing the clock to prevent another catastrophe. Leaders are working with the Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments to develop a comprehensive plan for the town’s future.