Congressman Tom Rice tours flooded homes in Andrews

ANDREWS, SC (WBTW)-      Congressman Tom Rice spent Monday in Andrews visiting flooded-out homes and talking with victims and volunteers.

“It’s going to take time to recover,” stated Rice. ” It’s going to take time to even figure out the extent of the damages.”

Rice said he met people who’ve suffered great loss, but maintain a positive outlook.

The words, faith, love and hope are all that remain on the walls inside Thomas Allford’s home. Most of his belongings sit in trash bags or in a pile across the street.

” I tell you what, it’s hurting, it’s hurtful, but it’s reality,” said Alford.

Alford says he woke up the October 4 to water rushing inside his home.

“You’re scared, you’re just trying to get out as fast as you could get out,” he described.

After grabbing a few pieces of clothing, Allford and his wife Loretta left the home they had lived in for 39 years.

“We stepped off the steps, the water came up to the chest,” he said.

Alford says he’ll never forget that moment,  but the support from volunteers is even more overwhelming.

“We’ll figure out a way to thank them some how. every one of them,” he explained.

News 13 requested a copy of Congressman Rices’ schedule during the past two weeks. It lists him in Myrtle Beach October 2-4, which is when all of the flooding started. On October 5, he visited Conway and Georgetown to survey the damage. October 6- 9, Rice returned to Washington to vote on Crude oil market conditions, Native American Energy Act and Homebuyers Assistance Act. Voting records show Congressman Jim Clyburn and Congressman Mark Sanford did not vote.

Rice says he’s had members of his staff on the ground in South Carolina assisting with recovery.

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