Five additional counties have now been added to a Federal Emergency Management Administration’s disaster declaration for South Carolina, bringing up to 16 the number of counties where residents can seek federal assistance.
FEMA on Wednesday amended its declaration to include Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw, and Lee counties. Residents in those counties who suffered property loss as a result of the flooding can now seek individual assistance. That includes money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.
The agency initially offered individual assistance in eight counties — Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Williamsburg — at the order of President Obama and the verbal request of Gov. Nikki Haley. Three more counties — Berkeley, Clarendon, and Sumter — were added a day later. Haley had indicated even back on Monday that she expected the number of eligible counties to grow.