Getting home to Galivants Ferry – already an hour-long commute on a regular day – would have been a challenge the past few nights for Amber Reynolds, a nurse who just returned to the flooded county from a cruise vacation.
Hearing her concerns about traveling back and forth, nurse Tonya Clayton offered one of her spare rooms in her home off S.C. 707. One catch – there’s no bed in that room. Jackie quickly arranged for her daughters to drop off an air mattress before the end of the day for Amber to use.
Tonya and Amber, longtime friends, have been making it a girls’ night – they even went out for dinner one evening.
“I don’t really consider it a sacrifice,” Tonya said,” just taking care of friends.”
While she’s grateful for her teammates’ help, Amber misses seeing her husband and six sons.
“It’s hard, but I know they are OK and being taken care of,” Amber said.
The willingness of her co-workers to cover shifts and lend a sympathetic ear has made this stress-filled week just a bit easier for Jodi, who has watched the waters rise closer to her home.
“Now I have a creek in my front yard,” she said. “We are watching it creep up, and it keeps getting higher and higher. It’s scary.”
Co-workers pitched in so Jodi could leave work a tad early Monday to rush home and start elevating her belongings inside the house. They switched shifts so she could be off work Tuesday and Wednesday to continue preparing in advance of the potential floodwaters. As long as the water doesn’t reach 24 feet, her house should be OK.
Everyone is hoping the floodwaters don’t get that high. But if they do, employee partners will likely be among the first to offer a helping hand.
“They’ve been very accommodating,” said Jodi, who was back at work Thursday. “When you are here, you try not to think about it. But it’s still stressful.”