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Loads of Hope Comes to Midlands to Help

By Katie Geer

Loads of HopeProctor and Gamble's rolling washing station came into Columbia this week to help flood victims wash laundry. Tide's "Loads of Hope" offered washing, drying and folding to those who dropped off laundry, all for free! The company started "Loads of Hope" after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and they were looking for a way to give back to communities in need. Since then, the rolling washers have traveled throughout the country, where they are needed after natural disasters.

Flood Damage to SC Crops

flooded cropsClemson Extension Agents Amanda McNulty and David DeWitt discuss the devastating affects of the 2015 Flood to an already tough season for South Carolina Farmers and their crops.

SC Stays Strong: Photos in the Aftermath of Disaster

By Kaitlyn Park

FloodEarly Friday, Oct. 2, the State of South Carolina braced itself for a historic rainfall event caused by the looming Hurricane Joaquin predicted by meteorologists and the National Weather Service. But while Joaquin failed to hit the South Carolina coast, and as rain began on Saturday and Sunday, the southeast experienced what experts have described as a “fire hose” of tropical moisture that directly hit South Carolina. No one could have anticipated the catastrophic damage of this “1,000 year storm”

Damage and Rebuilding in Forest Acres

Houses, businesses, and lives have been destroyed across South Carolina due to the historic flood that hit more than a week ago. One area in Columbia was hit extremely hard due to dam failures. The Associated Press looks at the damage and what's next for this community.

Volunteers Needed to Assist Victims

By Aimee Crouch

VolunteersVolunteers are needed across South Carolina to help victims clean and sort debris from their homes after the historic flooding this past week. The United Way is asking that anyone who can assist register at getconnected.uwasc.org/drm . Governor Nikki Haley said, "what we've seen over the last week is the very best in so many people across our state - neighbors helping neighbors is what South Carolina does best. Team South Carolina is motivated, and that's a blessing, but what we need as we start the long process of cleaning up is volunteers. Whatever time you can give makes a difference." One...

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...

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