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Pee Dee residents relieved by lack of storm damage from Irma

Many in the Pee Dee are breathing a sigh of relief because Irma did not do as much damage as Hurricane Matthew did last year.

Many in the Pee Dee are breathing a sigh of relief after Irma did not do as much damage as Hurricane Matthew did last year.

Life in the Pee Dee is just beginning to go back to normal for some in the area, and they're having Irma didn't through anything off-track.

"I'm happy we didn't get it as rough as we did last time," said Tamika Baker, who lives in Dillon.

Baker lost her car to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. She says she prayed Irma wouldn't do the same damage.

"I feel blessed, I'm happy. I feel sorry for everybody else though," Baker said.

In Florence, there was some localized road flooding and a tree fell on a power line, knocking power out for at least one home.

"We feel very fortunate in the city of Florence that we only had one tree down and that was just a small tree that fell straight on the street on Sherwood Drive," said Chuck Pope, Director of Public Works.

Florence County Emergency Managements said they haven't received any reports of widespread damage.

Florence City Public Works is happy the damage wasn't like last year after Matthew.

"40,000 cubic yards of debris down in the city of Florence--that was a tremendous workload for us and it took six months or so to get through all that," Pope said.

They were prepared though, just in case the storm had brought a lot of downed trees and debris in the city.

"We wanted to make sure our storm drains were clean from the top. We prepared our chainsaws and our heavy equipment," Pope said.

Renee Jackeon lives in Florence and said she agrees with Tamika.

"It really wasn't bad. We just got a little bit of rain, a little bit of wind and I thank God that wasn't bad like Matthew was, so it was okay." Jackeon said.

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