Gov. Henry McMaster Thursday sent a letter to South Carolina’s congressional delegation requesting their continued support as the state begins to focus on recovery efforts prior to expected flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence’s historic rainfall.
The letter estimates the storm and its resulting floods could cost South Carolina more than $1.2 billion, with estimates based off of similar impacts from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
“The rainfall and flooding in North Carolina is sending unheard of amounts of water into South Carolina along the Lynches, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers,” the letter states. The damage in the northeastern part of our state will be catastrophic, surpassing anything recorded in modern history.”
The letter requests that disaster recovery funds be made available to 23 counties in South Carolina. So far, the Trump administration has approved disaster funds for eight counties.
The governor’s letter also includes preliminary estimates of the storm’s financial impact based on estimates from the state Emergency Management Division and SC Disaster Recovery Office. Those estimates are as follows:
Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery ($540 million)
Disaster Relief Fund ($300 million)
Federal Highway Administration ($18 million)
Agriculture ($125 million)
Small Business Administration ($80 million)
National Flood Insurance Program ($165 million)