When terrible flooding stranded people in his town, Hunter jumped at the chance to help. In October 2015, South Carolina was hit with record-breaking rain. Some areas saw 18 inches of rainfall in just 24 hours! This unusual weather was partly caused by a hurricane miles offshore. It resulted in severe flooding in the state. The town of Big Dam, which sits on a hill, became an island surrounded by floodwater. Even after the storm disappeared, the flood remained for days. People were unable to leave their homes to buy food, reach family members, or go to the doctor. That’s when Hunter Birt, 15, swung into action. He used his family’s motorboat to carry people across the water to dry land. Then he would reload his boat to bring rescue workers, food, and other things back to the people who were stranded in Big Dam. “I carried doctors, supplies, and medicine,” says Hunter. Hunter worked from morning to night for four days. “I was so tired,” he says. But it was worth it. “I just wanted to help,” explains Hunter. The town is now rebuilding, and the people of Big Dam say that Hunter is their hero.
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