Roads to Edisto Beach blocked as crews work to clear trees, debris

Courtesy: Edisto Beach Police Department

Lowcountry residents that evacuated Colleton County were told they could go home Sunday, but that did not pertain to the Colleton County residents of Edisto Beach.

Trees down everywhere, debris in the roads, flooding, homes damaged and at least one destroyed -- the beach community that's close to the heart of so many in the Lowcountry was wounded by Hurricane Matthew.

The National Guard, SLED agents and Edisto Beach police are monitoring the area and manning roadblocks keeping people off the island.

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“I heard you can get on with proof of residency so I got all my tax stuff and I can't get on,” said Nancy Townsend, who owns a home just off the beach on Edisto Island. “The lady just came and said that it's really bad, that trees are uprooted. I'm not as worried about the surge as I am the trees and the wind.”

Every where you look there's destruction... and those working to clean it up.

“There's wonderful National Guard here from Gaffney and SLED officers from Columbia that are really helping and they're really nice,” Townsend said. “SCE&G has tons of trucks that were behind us coming in, and there's supposed to be a bunch of national guard down there already. So hopefully maybe, they said maybe tomorrow.”

We’re told sand is about five feet above it’s normal level, and downed power lines are making accessibility dangerous for residents.

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