COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help South Carolina residents following Hurricane Floyd and subsequent flooding. The following is an update of their activities to date:
In the less than two weeks since President Clinton's disaster declaration, FEMA has approved a total of $197,162 in Disaster Housing Program grants, which include temporary rental assistance for those whose homes have been severely damaged and funds to make essential repairs. At close of business on Tuesday, 4,269 South Carolina residents affected by the hurricane and subsequent flooding have applied for assistance.
Below is a county-by-county breakdown of applicants and approved monies:
|County||Applications Received||Amount Approved|
To date, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $ 127,400 in low-interest disaster loans. The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long term disaster recovery for owners of private property, including homeowners, renters, non-farm businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These low-interest loans cover costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid.
Residents and business owners in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Williamsburg counties who sustained damage or loss can begin the disaster application process by calling 1-800-462-9029 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. Phone lines will be available from 7 a.m. to midnight through Sunday, October 3. Thereafter, phone lines will be operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice. After calling to apply, people can visit a nearby Disaster Recovery Center to get additional information and/or receive help in completing their SBA loan applications.
Disaster Recovery Centers are now open at these locations: in Conway, at the Conway Senior/Community Center, 1519 Mill Pond Road; in Myrtle Beach, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street; in Georgetown, at the Old Health Department, 303 N. Hazard Street; in Charleston, at Bell South, 385 Meeting Street; in Moncks Corner, at the Berkeley County Office Building, at 223 North Live Oak Drive; and in Kingstree, at Williamsburg Technical College, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. These centers will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice except the Kingstree center, which will close on Saturday, October 2.
Additional centers are planned for the following locations: in Walterboro, at the National Guard Armory, 849 Cottageville Highway, from Monday October 4 through Wednesday, October 6; and in Marion, at the National Guard Armory, 800 Greene Street, from Thursday, October 7 through Saturday, October 9. All Disaster Recovery Centers hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.