Like countless Conway residents that lived near the River, Crystal and Tim Johnson were caught off guard by Hurricane Matthew. On Saturday, October 8, the river overflowed and quickly rose to their front door. Unfortunately, the water continued to rise for the next week, seeping into their home and making it uninhabitable.
This is not the first time that tragedy has struck their family. Nor was it the first time that they relied on the American Red Cross for help.
During last year's devastating historic flooding, the water had only made it as far as their front door but never quite made it inside. Other families in their neighborhood weren't so fortunate. Prior to the two consecutive years of floods, three years ago, in the middle of the night, their home caught on fire and burned to the ground. Tragically, Crystal’s father was inside and was killed.
The only positive memory Crystal and Tim have about these tragedies is the care and compassion they have received from the Red Cross. “When my house burned three years ago, a woman from the Red Cross came in the middle of the night to comfort me,” reminisced Crystal. “She stayed with me all night. And now, for each of these floods, I know that the Red Cross is in my neighborhood and will take care of me and my neighbours.”