South Carolina is assessing the impact of last week’s floods, sending out engineering teams to examine damaged roads and bridges, as well as disaster relief crews to help with cleanup.
But another group getting less attention will several teams whose assignments will be to check on the mental health of flooded communities.
Governor Nikki Haley said the devastation of the floods could have a profound effect on people who lost everything. “We do have ‘go’ teams for mental health that are going to be out in the communities that are going to start helping people who need assistance,” Haley told reporters during her daily briefing on Monday.
She said the teams will go to those who are in need of services so they do not have travel any distance. “Our focus is to make sure that you don’t have to go anywhere. We come to you,” Haley said.
The governor said the flooding disrupted so many lives. “Las week was traumatic for so many people and a lot of damage took place, a lot people lost personal items and emotional issues came into play,” Haley said.
She said, not only did many lose everything they owned, some also lost their small business or their jobs. “You’re are going to see us send in groups of all types of people. It will be anywhere from Employment Workforce to insurance to FEMA to mental health to anything so those communities know who they need ask,” Haley said.