POOLER, Ga. – Friday marks three weeks since Hurricane Matthew caused untold damage to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.
“All the mess, you feel no matter how much work you do, like, I’m not making any headway.”
Savannah Chef Darin Sehnert evacuated to Atlanta to escape the wrath of Hurricane Matthew. When he came home he found his home was like a sponge.
“It looked like it had been ransacked,” he said. “Everything was wet.”
In addition to losing furniture, cooking recipes and the lower half of his first floor to more than a foot of flooding inside his home, he says the worst thing he lost was a family picture.
“Those special memories and pictures and things and the pictures and things that can’t be replaced,” he said.
He received no help from his homeowners insurance but he was able to be waved for $11,000 for individual assistance from FEMA. Still, he says, that’s not enough.
Sehnert is just one of many in the city of Pooler who are still digging through soaked debris in the aftermath of Matthew. Up and down his neighbors were piling soggy furniture and drywall out to the street and one family is still living in a trailer.
Sehnert says the only reason he’s been able to go forward is thanks to the kindness of friends and strangers.
“I would be feeling hopeless if I didn’t have the assistance that I’ve had,” he said.
Sehnert says he needs between 50-75 thousand dollars for reconstruction. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page set up for him, click here. He says his friend set the goal for $100,000 because of the unknown cost due to mold damage.