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WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Officials in Williamsburg County are asking residents to be patient as cleanup continues after Hurricane Matthew.

Bishop Joe Gamble and his family rode out the storm at home in the Kindale Park neighborhood.

Gamble is one of many who have trees that fell on their homes.

He has one tree on the roof of his house and another downed tree in the back.

"We heard something say,'Wham!' The tree fell on the house. After it fell, the one in the back fell, bam! And I said Lord you are in charge," Gamble recalled.

Gamble said he never gave any thought about evacuating.

"The Lord just moved on me to stay. He talks in your mind, in your heart and let's you know what is what," Gamble said. "The Holy Ghost spoke to me, said don't go, stay right here, you'll be alright."

Officials say not everything's alright in Williamsburg County.

"When people ask us, take us to the worst impacted areas, our answer to that is everywhere," Emergency Management Director Dr. Tiffany Cooks said at an afternoon news conference.

Lots of people are still without power. Crews were out in force Wednesday repairing power lines.

Officials say at least 150 trees are blocking roads.

The faith based organization Eight Days of Hope is in town. 

Volunteers also fixed a roof that was damaged by last year's flood and the hurricane.

"We ask you to continue to pray, continue to do what you need to do to survive," Cooks said.

Bishop Gamble believes prayer got his family through the storm.

"I said father in the name of Jesus if you let Matthew, if you let her come, make her behave herself and don't let her destroy us," he said.

It appears Gamble's prayers were answered.

He survived and and no lives were lost in the county.

Officials today lifted a curfew that was in effect in Williamsburg County.

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