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Disaster recovery centers open, relief efforts continue

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Emergency Management director said 2,000 people in the county have applied for FEMA assistance, but that doesn't mean more people weren't affected.

Horry County Emergency Management held a press conference Wednesday to talk about current disaster response operations as well as the two disaster recovery centers that are now open to the public.

The county will continue operating 24 hours a day at OPCON-2, said Randy Webster, director for Horry County Emergency Management. He expects that status to continue through the end of the month as flood waters slowly recede.

Disaster recovery centers are located at the South and North Strand Recreation Centers and are open from8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until the need for them subsides.

Representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Administration, SBA, are now available at those locations to talk about securing funds or loans for repairs and cleanup.

"It's just now dawning on them, the impact of what has happened, so they like to have that personal feel to be able to talk to someone face to face and feel that there's a genuine concern," said Cheria Brown, media specialist for FEMA.

Horry County Emergency Management is encouraging people to register any damage no matter how small it might be or what the property's insurance status is.

A FEMA inspector will come by the property within 10 days of registering, but people can start the cleanup process prior to that, Brown said. They need to take pictures to document damage and save any receipts.

The registration deadline for FEMA is December 4, Brown said. She said FEMA representatives will go into neighborhoods to help people sign up as well.

The American Red Cross continues to provide bulk supplies and food for families in flooded neighborhoods. Volunteers dropped off goods at Waccamaw Drive Wednesday afternoon.

"Oh my gosh, I didn't expect it," said Rick Woodward, who lives in the area.

Woodward said he's thankful for all of the help.

"This is just unbelievable what they're doing here for everyone," he said.

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