Nikki Haley: Seven million dollars approved so far - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Nikki Haley: Seven million dollars approved so far

(Source: Nikki Haley Facebook) (Source: Nikki Haley Facebook)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference Saturday reminding residents to ask for assistance if they were affected by the flood and explained the extensive road closures on I-95, along with other important topics.

During the press conference Haley said there has been 100 rescues since Friday and disaster recovery centers are being added. " We will continue to see more centers open."

"Seven million dollars have been approved so far and the number will continue to add on."

Closures on I-95 have been extended to 16 miles from mile marker 119-135; dive teams are in the water and moving quickly with 200 truck loads of concrete.

Haley said she wants people to remember the good news, one 10 year old sent Haley a colorful photo and said, "we know things are rough right now, but know that we are thinking about you. I hope my picture cheers you up." Haley said. "The rain is not stopping anyone from working and getting South Carolina rebuilt up."

Walmart donated 500,000 dollars to different organizations. Rescue teams are in full force, DNR and Law Enforcement have rescued nearly 850 people and animals.

Haley is encouraging anyone who was affected by the storm to call 800-621-FEMA, or if you have any type of need to call 211. United way is partnering those needs.

The South Carolina Baptist Relief is offering a " Flood Bucket" which is a list of supplies that every household will need. To get involved with the Flood Bucket Program, contact SC Baptist Relief at 803 227 6031.

Methodists are helping collect supplies at  www.umcor.org 

Mental Health agencies are working with partners for victims with emotional, physical and spiritual needs. "We want to make sure they get the restructive help they need."

The United Way of South Carolina is asking for volunteers across the state who can help victims clean debris from their flood-stricken homes and sort the debris at the curb. United Way requests that volunteers register here: getconnected.uwasc.org/drm

Debris removal will occur for the next several months, and volunteers can help by putting together Flood Buckets for survivors such as:

  • Sponges and scrub brushes
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Retractable utility knife
  • Mold control spray
  • Bleach and disinfectant

To find where to drop off the Flood Buckets, call the S.C. Baptist Convention Relief Center at (803) 227-6031.

Copyright 2015 WMBF News. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly