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Flood Recovery Stalls For Retired Veteran; Homeowner Warns About Contractor Fraud

By Thelisha Eaddy

Retired Army Major Miguel Santana stands in front of his home in Columbia. Santana says he is a victim of contractor fraud and it's stalling his flood recovery.

Since 2005, the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) has received over 70,000 complaints from 50 states, 6 territories, and 4 countries involving over 50 natural and man-made disasters. Retired Army Major Miguel Santana says after the October 2015 flood, he became a victim of contractor fraud. His costly mistake is stalling recovery for what was to be his retirement home.

Fort Jackson Remembers Trainees As Brave Aspiring Soldiers

By Thelisha Eaddy

Soldiers participate in final salutes for Privates Timothy Ashcroft and Ethan Shrader during a memorial service

This past September, Timothy Joseph Ashcraft of Cincinnati, Ohio and Ethan McKay Shrader of Prospect, Tennessee enlisted in the United States Army. The two were members of the 2nd Battalion 13th Infantry Regiment and were in their 8th week of training when they were killed during a training exercise on base. During a memorial service Tuesday, the two were remembered as brave aspiring soldiers who answered the call of duty.

Nichols: One Year Later, Residents Continue to Recover, But Where Will Businesses Rebound?

By Thelisha Eaddy

One year after Hurricane Matthew caused flooding in Nichols, businesses still haven't returned to the downtown district.

About 75 families have returned to repaired homes in Nichols, South Carolina. The small town in Marion County was home to 260 homes before Hurricane Matthew brought strong winds and devastating floods in 2016.  All but three sustained flood damage and most businesses were also impacted.  South Carolina Public Radio spoke with Mayor Lawson Battle and Disaster Recovery Advisor Rita Pratte about progress in recovery, one year after Matthew. “It’s a slow process, but we are doing pretty well compared to other areas,” Mayor Lawson Battle said.

As Hurricane Season Continues, Local Seniors Remain Vigilant in Preparing for Possible Storms

By Olivia Aldridge

Instructors for Richland County's Flood Ready Seniors event present to the attendees at the Garner's Ferry Adult Activity Center

If the past two years have taught South Carolinians anything, it’s that disasters are never out of the question, especially during hurricane season. County officials across the state have placed emphasis throughout 2017’s hurricane season on preparing the public for weather-related emergencies, putting their experience responding to the historic flood of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 to good use.

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