As record floodwaters finally start to drop across the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions, the attention now shifts to repairs and recovery for hundreds of damaged homes.
The Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway both set records for flood levels in Horry County earlier this week, swamping the Conway and Socastee areas. Hundreds of homes have been impacted by the flooding after Hurricane Matthew, according to county emergency management director Randy Webster. While the Waccamaw crested on Monday, water levels are still expected to keep affected neighborhoods impassable until this upcoming weekend.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Wednesday added Horry County to the list of South Carolina county governments eligible to be reimbursed for infrastructure repairs. Previously, FEMA would only reimburse debris removal and emergency protective measures. The new expansion announced Wednesday provides a partial reimbursement of costs for damages to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks and recreational facilities. [Read more…]