Dence and her family live in the part of Savannah, Georgia, that crosses the South Carolina state line. When the government issued a mandatory evacuation, most people left, but Dence's husband was obligated to stay because he's in the military. So Dence insisted on staying too. "We just hunkered down," Dence told The Dodo.
The morning after the Category 4 hurricane hit, Dence let her two dogs outside. One of them started sniffing something in the grass.