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Hurricane Matthew claims families' beds, clothes and furniture on South Street, Charleston

Tony Tassarotti WCIV

Much of South Street in Charleston looks like it always has but since Hurricane Matthew things have changed for two women living between Drake and America Streets.

Tyeka Alston and Sheila Heyward are neighbors. Their 10 kids combined act more like siblings. They love the attention a camera gives.

Now Alston fears her kids don't have a bed to sleep on after the storm flooded their homes.

"We lost beds, furniture, clothes," Alston said. "We applied for help through FEMA but we're waiting to hear."

President Obama declared Charleston County a disaster area Tuesday. FEMA is moving in but there's no telling how long it could take for Alston and Heyward to get help.

Heyward said Tuesday her home was flooded with a foot or more of water during Hurricane Matthew. She went live on Facebook to prove it.

Heyward said this is the worst her home has ever flooded.

"It's worse than last October," Heyward said. "Last October the yard flooded, but it didn't get inside the house."

Heyward has lived in her South Street home for 10 years. Her five children, ranging in ages between 7 to 16 years old, grew up in the heart of Charleston.

Three were home from school Tuesday afternoon. They played in the muddy yard with Alston's five children - ranging from 7 months to 14 years.

"We don't want to ask for help like we're poor," Heyward said. "We're doing okay. We just lost some big things."

Alston was still clearing her home of water when we came by Tuesday. She greeted us at the door - mop in hand - children at her side.

She said she reached out to D.S.S for assistance as well as the Salvation Army but would appreciate any help the Lowcountry can give to her family.

Hurricane Matthew may not have torn down homes in the Holy City but these pictures show a level of destruction some families face in silence.


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