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Picking Up the Pieces: #SCFlood

By Kaitlyn Park

TreeIn the wake of the devastating flood, South Carolinians across the state are starting to pick up the pieces. See the story here- STORIFY .

DHEC Expands Well Testing

By Aimee Crouch

FloodThe S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will expand its private well testing office hours in several counties. If you have a private well water system that was flooded, your well can be tested to ensure the water is safe to drink. DHEC advises all residents with wells affected by the flood to disinfect the well and have the water tested if it appears, tastes, or smells different. If your well was flooded, you should assume the water is contaminated. DHEC Environmental Quality Control offices will be open on weekends starting Oct. 10 to Nov. 1 between 8:30 a.m. to noon for...

Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Midlands

Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Columbia and Lexington. The centers are open from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM, 7 days a week to assist with flood survivors. SCEMD, FEMA, and other agencies are on hand to explain available programs and help residents apply for aid. Some of the individual and family assistance includes money for temporary residence and home repairs not covered by insurance. The centers are located at: Lexington Main Library 5440 Augusta Road Lexington and Irmo Branch Library 6251 St. Andrews Road Columbia FEMA also suggests to register before going to the centers, if...

Sumter To Receive a FEMA Center

Sumter will be the next to receive a disaster recovery center from the Federal Emergency Management Agency according to Sumter county and city officials. The State reported that the center would be at the Sumter County Civic Center which is at 700 West Liberty St. in Sumter. It will open at 1 p.m. Friday, October 9th. Officials said flood survivors will be able to apply to receive disaster-relief assistance, which can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help flood...

"Bruised, But Not Broken" - Gov. Haley Press Conference 10-08-15

By Kaitlyn Park

Haley-SOEGovernor Nikki Haley held another press conference this afternoon at the Emergency Management Division office, where she described the state as entering the “second big wave.” Haley announced that Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw and Lee counties were added to the federal disaster declaration, and said FEMA will be assessing Bamberg, Abbeville and Colleton sometime today. The governor did however clarify that all citizens affected by the flood, regardless of their location, will receive assistance of some kind, and those in need should register for FEMA assistance at 1-800-621-FEMA. You...

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,...

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