The suffering continues for those hard hit by flooding after Hurricane Florence.
During a special state Senate session this week, State Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Darlington, acknowledge that things are far from over for the people who suffered loss and damage due to Hurricane Florence and the flooding in the aftermath.
“(We want) to make certain that these folks can be made as whole as they can be,” he said on the Senate floor. “We hear you and we’re here to support you.”
At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended its disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence to make residents in Florence and Darlington counties eligible to apply for the Individual Assistance program. Residents in Chesterfield, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties were already eligible to apply for the aid.
State Rep. Heather Ammons Crawford, R-Myrtle Beach, said her own home was covered by floodwaters this past weekend. “I can’t say how difficult this has been,” she said on the House floor. “It is very hard to put in words to watch the river rise into your home and neighbors’ homes. But I can tell you how proud I am of my community, with incredible acts of kindness, folks coming together and working together. It’s just been incredible and amazing.”
Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for federal assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362. Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.
Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.