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‘I don’t play with hurricanes,’ says woman in Marion shelter

September 24, 2018

MARION, S.C. – For Rev. Brunson Davis and Ruth Gurley, faith is important even as they stay at the Tollison Recreation Center as flood waters from Hurricane Florence continue to impact Marion County.

“God is definitely going to take care of us,” Davis said. “It’s a sign of the times that people really have to look to Jesus. That’s just the way it is. That’s just the word of God coming to pass.”

Davis was sitting Sunday morning outside the Tollison Recreation Center with a phone (he was trying to organize a trip to check on his property) and a Bible. He came to the recreation center Saturday from the Brittons Neck and Gresham area of Marion County.

He said that his well pump was flooded out, water was coming toward his home, his roof was damaged and his refrigerator and heat pump were inoperative. He said if the heat pump and the well pump would have been OK, he might have stayed.

Davis said it was a blessing to stay in the shelter and that everyone has been very nice.

“I won’t say scared,” Gurley said. “I’m a child of God. I don’t play with hurricanes. They ain’t nothing to play with. They say go where you feel safe, and that’s what I did.”

Gurley also said that it was important to keep God first and to heed His word in times such as hers now.

Gurley left her home in Marion on Monday and has been staying at shelters since. She said she hasn’t been back to see if her home was damaged in the hurricane or the flooded aftermath but was planning on going home today to check.

She found the American Red Cross volunteers working in the shelter “very nice” and added that the Bible said to feed the poor and to help the needy.

Sylvia Page was another person staying at the shelter at the recreation center.

Page has been out of her home in Nichols since Sept. 13. The recreation center is the third shelter she’s stayed in during the storm. She said she was nervous about her home and ready to get back home when possible. Page works in Mullins, but during her time in the shelter, she has worked a puzzle book while sitting outside.

James Bacchus, Henry Moore and James Willis were also staying at the shelter. They live in the Brittons Neck area in the southern part of Marion County. The three men came to the shelter on Wednesday and were entering their fifth day there.

“It’s a good thing,” Willis said.

Bacchus said he is focused on enduring until he could return home.

Moore said he is ready to go home.

Bacchus and Willis said they aren’t nervous about the effects of the flooding. Moore, however, said he is nervous.

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