Haley's stopover was part of a statewide tour to promote state assistance for hurricane and flood victims.
Letellier's private audience with the governor was spontaneous and lasted about 10 minutes. Afterward, the
"She's amazing, she was so awesome and kind," Letellier said.
While Letellier had praise and kind words for work performed by the
Instead of responding to concerns about a lack of patrols to check on the welfare of residents flooded into the neighborhood or responding to reports of looting, the agency complained it was being treated like a taxi service, Letellier said.
"We had no help, and I told her that. We were forgotten," Letellier said. "She was not aware of what happened, and said she would find out what happened and have someone get back to me."
The overflow from the
Some stay behind because they have no other options, others because they fear their house will be looted, and Letellier said looting complaints were ignored by the state agency.
Letellier said she watched as residents from her own neighborhood looted another house -- a crime she described as a "kick in the pants" to those already suffering from hurricane damage.
"I kept bumping into walls when I'd try and go through channels. It was so nice to be able to tell her about it, and she said she was so sorry it happened," Letellier said.
Haley said that it's troubling to hear firsthand about the pain and suffering experienced by flood and storm victims across the state.
"Some didn't have much to start with. Some did have it, but did not have the right insurance or didn't know what to do. And a lot times, they just need somebody to listen. But once they tell us their story, we can get them to the people that can fix the problem," Haley said.
Haley spent an hour at the center thanking volunteers and government workers, most of whom asked to have their pictures taken with the governor, and was overheard joking that she would officially take the month of October off the calendar.
The governor pitched in to help with an assembly line to fill 250 boxes of cleaning supplies for a drive through pick-up line underway outside the center. The governor was in charge of adding Clorox bottles, and lifted 1,000 pounds in about 10 minutes.
"There's something therapeutic about filling those boxes and knowing that you're making a difference," Haley said. "Part of being able to understand what people feel is being able to volunteer services."
The goal of these government assistance tours across affected counties is to bring all of the resources to those affected by Hurricane Matthew -- a sort of one-stop shopping for state and federal assistance as well as Christian volunteer groups.
Officials from the
"What we want the people of
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