Eric Grimes and his family have lived in the Cortez, Florida area for their entire lives. In fact, they are the 6th generation. Eric and his wife Teresa are always there to help when folks are in need after disaster strikes. Recently, Eric, Teresa, their 14-year-old son, Landon and Landon’s friend Lucas Engle traveled to Estill / Nixville, South Carolina to bring much needed supplies. Eric mentioned that “these folks are a tight knit group of people who remind him of the people in Cortez who are always looking after each other.” Eric and his wife own Justice Farms which is about a mile away from where the tornado hit.
Excerpts from Eric’s post on Facebook
Humbled beyond words. We spent the last week with the tornado victims of Estill/Nixville South Carolina. I want to thank the Swordfish Grill and Tiki, Bob Slicker, Katrina Cox and Teresa Burgess-Grimes for helping organize and collect the supplies we were able to donate. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT DONATED!!!
People were beyond thankful. Lots of tears! I was not prepared for the destruction. I’ve seen a lot of hurricane damage in my lifetime. I have never seen concrete houses completely leveled off their foundations. It was sad to see 250+ year old trees snapped like toothpicks. Please do not ever doubt the power of Mother Nature. As bad as it was God spared many lives.
Over 250 houses destroyed and 18 deaths from this tornado. I l noticed a private cemetery and funeral preparations for the family that was killed. A father, mother, and daughter were getting ready for work and school when it hit. It picked up the entire house and tossed it into a corn field killing the entire family. It was one of the saddest things we witnessed. In one of the pictures you will notice a child trying to reinstall his mailbox post even though his house is completely destroyed behind him.
I hope you never experience anything like we witnessed. Stay humble my friends and always tell the ones you love just how much you love them.
Editor’s Note: We here at The Suncoast Post went with a group of other Cortezians to help in Port St. Joe after Hurricane Michael. There is something special about the folks from Cortez!
Photos from Eric Grimes.