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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 #...

Useful Resources for Dealing with the #scFloods

By Tabitha Safdi

floodThe Governor is urging all South Carolinians to stay off the road. Many highways and roads have been closed due to flooding and damage. According to the Gov. Haley in a recent press conference "this storm is not over yet." Catastrophic flash flooding to continue into Monday. Tropical moisture combined with a stalled front along the coast will continue to produce widespread and record-setting heavy rains through Monday. The Governor is urging all South Carolinians to stay off the road. Many highways and roads have been closed due to flooding and damage. For more information visit the South...

S.C. Price Gouging Statute in Effect

By Aimee Crouch

FloodAttorney General Alan Wilson reminded South Carolinians that the price gouging statute is in effect. It went into effect when Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency due to the flooding across the state. The statute states no business can charge excessive prices during a time if disaster and is in effect for 15 days. Gougers can be fined up to $1000 and/or 30 days in jail. Wilson said in a release, “As we continue to recover from the catastrophic damage caused to our state, we will see many neighbors helping each other rebuild. However, we may also see some looking to unfairly take...

Monday Flood Warning Continues Across Palmetto State

By Kaitlyn Park

FloodThe National Weather Service in Columbia reports that the Flood Warning has been extended until 7:30 PM EDT Monday evening for Kershaw, Orangeburg, Saluda, Calhoun, Richland, Fairfield Newberry, Lee, Lexington, Northeastern Aiken, Clarendon and Sumter Counties. The National Weather Service reports that as of 9:56 AM EDT, light to moderate rains continue to fall over the already flooded area and “saturated ground”. While the rain is expected to be light, significant flooding continues. It should be noted a flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. As the natural...

Governor Nikki Haley Holds Press Conference on Recovery Efforts

By Kaitlyn Park

FloodGovernor Nikki Haley held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center this morning to give updates on the state’s emergency response to the historic flooding. Haley explained that as rain is beginning to lighten up, the state is moving from assessment to recovery mode. Forty-thousand people remain without water and 26,000 are without power. Haley stressed this issue and the roads are of top concern. Four water distribution sites will be set up in Richland County, one at 3700 Landmark Drive and another at Lower Richland High School. The other two sites will be announced at a later...

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for S.C.

By Aimee Crouch

FloodPresident Obama signed a declaration declaring a disaster in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement the recovery in affected areas. The action makes funds available to individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties. Grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and low cost loans for uninsured property loss are among the programs to help individuals and business owners that have been impacted by the flooding. Funding is also available to state and local governments for emergency work as it pertains to damage...

Flooding Across the Palmetto State

By Tabitha Safdi

FloodCatastrophic flash flooding to continue into Monday. Tropical moisture combined with a stalled front along the coast will continue to produce widespread and record-setting heavy rains through Monday. Here's what many are saying across South Carolina on social media . South Carolina Emergency Management is asking people to safely remain where you are due to severve weather and flash flooding. The National Weather Service is calling this a 'once in a 200 year rainfall event.'

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Guidelines

By Marina Ziehe

South Carolina Emergency Management Division GuidelinesThe weather has taken a severe turn across much of the Midlands, leading to catastrophic flooding in the area. South Carolina Emergency Management Division officials urge you to follow these guidelines: Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move. If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water. Do not walk through moving water. Six inches...

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