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S.C. Flood: Thursday Update

By Tabitha Safdi

floodAs nearly 300 state, federal and voluntary partners cooperate to aid South Carolina’s citizens, the scope of the flooding and its impact are coming into sharp focus. As of Wednesday night, residents of 16 counties (Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Williamsburg, Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw and Lee) are eligible for Individual Assistance from federal authorities. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621...

“Boy, Does South Carolina Push Back,” Says Gov. Haley

By Kaitlyn Park

Haley-SOEGovernor Nikki Haley spoke again in a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. “It’s a new day,” Haley said as she expressed her gratitude for the verbal declaration of disaster that has allowed Federal aid to become available to flood victims faster in South Carolina. Haley restated, “This is a story of addition,” clarifying that since the verbal declaration, three counties have been added to the declaration since the original eight: Berkley, Clarendon and Sumter. The Governor said that FEMA assesors are now on the ground and are surveying...

The Community Reaches Out to Those in Need

By Katie Geer

FloodThe Red Cross has set up 33 shelters across the state to help with people who have been displaced from their homes due to the flooding. Shelters like this one that Palmetto Scene visited in Columbia are handing out cases of water, food, and clothing, and are providing shelter for those who need it.

#SCFlood: Applying for Federal Aid

Federal Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding. To apply for federal assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Documents and materials needed to begin the application process: Social Security number Current and pre-disaster address A telephone number where you can be contacted Insurance information Total household annual income A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you...

Disaster Loans Offered to Small Businesses Across the State

Small businesses located in declared disaster areas in South Carolina are eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The application filing deadline for physical demage is December 4, 2015 and for economic injury is July 5, 2016. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), SBA is offering business physical disaster loans and economic injury disaster loans. The physical disaster loans include loans up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance." Loans are available up to $200,...

Missing Pets Hope to Find Their Home on Facebook After Historic Floods

By Katie Geer

Abandoned DogAfter water rapidly filled much of the Palmetto State over the weekend, people are turning to Facebook to help owners and stranded pets reconnect. Lost and Found Pets of South Carolina is a Facebook page dedicated to helping people across the state who are missing pets. According to Mashable , all sorts of pets have been stranded, including horses. People are posting pictures of rain soaked animals that they have rescued or found wondering around. Some people are posting pictures of their missing pets hoping that someone will recognize and find them. But even with all the missing animals...

Tuesday Updates on South Carolina Flooding

By Marina Ziehe

FloodAfter an intense and historic flood disaster in South Carolina, the state rescue teams are fanning out, searching flooded homes and cars. Haley said in a press conference that there are 469 road closures, including bridges, utilities back to normal and there have been 4367 service calls to troopers. The governor added, "do not drive through barricades roads...they are not safe." There have been 14 fatalities. The Department of Natural Resources has had 175 water rescues. Catherine Heigel, the director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control says, there have been "10 dam...

S.C. Flood: Applying for Federal Assistance

By Tabitha Safdi

FloodFederal Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding. To apply for federal assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Documents and materials needed to begin the application process: • Social Security number • Current and pre-disaster address • A telephone number where you can be contacted • Insurance information • Total household annual income • A routing and account number from your bank (only...

Volunteer Efforts Underway: How You Can Help #SCStrong

By Kaitlyn Park

FloodAs South Carolinians continue to cope with the aftermath of disastrous flooding throughout the state, many have been inquiring ways they can help and offer aid. Palmetto Scene has found several groups looking for volunteers and locations where donations are being accepted. Items of extreme necessity are pillows, towels, sheets and blankets, personal care and hygiene products, baby formula, diapers, pet food, water, cleaning supplies, socks and undergarments. Many groups are also looking for volunteers. Look to Social Media like Twitter and Facebook with the #SCStrong #FloodSCWithLove or #...

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