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.