After on-the-ground damage reports became available from local, state and federal officials, Gov. Henry McMaster informed South Carolina’s congressional members that Hurricane Florence caused $607 million in destruction to the state, according to a letter seen by The Associated Press, which is about half of McMaster’s $1.2 billion request in Federal aid in September. Beyond the losses to infrastructure and businesses, flooding damaged more than 2,000 homes in the northeast corner of the state, with $125 million in agriculture costs and $111 million in claims for flood insurance.
With work on a $33 million Boundary Street initiative nearly completed, Beaufort finds it still has $5 million in the bank from its special tax district collection. City Council members are now mulling a list of potential projects and price tags, including $2 million to buy Polk Street property easements for a new road north of Boundary Street, $1.5 million in upgrades for the police department and security at City Hall, $500,000 for better drainage along Robert Smalls Parkway and $400,000 to buy and tear down a Wendy’s restaurant for a park.
More than 2.2 million people worked in South Carolina in October, which set a record according to a Department of Employment and Workforce report. The state’s unemployment rate held steady from September at 3.3%, with a low of 2.7% in Charleston County but a high of 6.9% in Bamberg. The leisure and hospitality industry added 9,000 workers in October while education and health services lost 1,400 jobs. Nationally, the unemployment rate held at 3.7%
AAA predicts that traffic volume will hit a 13-year high this holiday weekend, with Sunday being the year’s heaviest travel day. It’s not a bad idea to plan some alternate SC routes to and from your Turkey Day connections, and this Greenville News Thanksgiving Day Guide includes other helpful Thanksgiving weekend advice, such as grocery store hours, charity contacts and the day’s college and pro football lineup.