Former mayor of Isle of Palms, Carmen Bunch, dies at 93

Published: Dec. 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM EST
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ISLE OF PALMS, SC (WCSC) - Carmen Bunch, former mayor of the Isle of Palms when Hurricane Hugo hit, has died.

The Isle of Palms town administrator confirmed Bunch died on Wednesday at her home on the island.

Bunch died just 10 days shy of her 94th birthday.

She angered some residents on the island after Hugo hit and they were kept away from their homes for several days.

Bunch said she wanted to make sure the island was safe, and their identities could be verified before she would let people come back to find out what shape their homes were in.

At the time the hurricane hit, the only way to get on and off the island was the Ben Sawyer Bridge which had been destroyed by Hugo.

Visitation will be next Monday night at the McAlister Smith funeral home in Mt. Pleasant.

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