Midstate family living in Haiti survives Hurricane Matthew

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A report on Friday said more than 800 people have been killed in Haiti because of Hurricane Matthew.

A Midstate family who now lives in the Caribbean country survived the storm. Matt Reichard, his wife, and three children now live in Haiti.

“It was a lot worse than anything I’ve ever experienced living for 35 years in Carlisle and Harrisburg,” Reichard said. “The storm was pretty rough here. We have a lot of wind damage, a lot of water damage.”

Reichard told ABC 27 News the worst part of the storm hit Jacmel, where they live, Monday night into Tuesday.

“You could almost not hear people talking across the room from you because the wind and the rain was so hard against the house and the windows,” he said.

During the storm, Reichard and his family helped friends by housing 19 orphans. He said everyone is okay.

“Really, this morning people are starting to try and dry out,” Reichard said. “You can finally open windows and try and let air in to dry out mud floors.”

The Reichards have three children’s homes and one pediatric center in Haiti. They’re taking donations on a website which they hope will help the country rebuild.

Reichard said living through Hurricane Matthew, he’s learned the importance of preparing for a storm. He said he’s also seen the value of neighbors helping neighbors.

“This culture has taught me to be very relational and think about other people more than myself,” he said.

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