In Letter to S.C. Congressional Delegation, Gov. McMaster Requests Help for Federal Support, Individual Assistance for Florence Recovery

In Letter to S.C. Congressional Delegation, Gov. McMaster Requests Help for Federal Support, Individual Assistance for Florence Recovery

Gov. Henry McMaster sent a letter to South Carolina’s congressional delegation on Thursday, requesting their continued support for his request for Federal disaster assistance for an expected $1.2 billion in damages needed for recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence’s historic rainfall.

The letter mentions that McMaster is seeking FEMA Individual Assistance for 23 counties:

Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Williamsburg, and York counties.

The governor’s letter includes preliminary financial estimates for recovery from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the State Disaster Recovery Office:

  • 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)

“The damage in the northeastern part of our state will be catastrophic, surpassing anything recorded in modern history,” McMaster wrote.

A copy of the governor’s letter, and letters from the SCEMD and SCDRO, can be found here.

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