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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 #...

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...

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