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Help available for homeowners, renters, pet owners dealing with flooding

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Flooding continues to leave homeowners, renters and even pets out of their houses.

However, people may still have to pay mortgages or rent, so national, state and local associations of REALTORS have pooled $300,000 for flood victims. South Carolina residents can apply for up to $1,000 to go toward rent or mortgages.

"They could not be able to get to work, have extra needs for their family," said Don Thomas, board secretary for Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors. "So it's just one way since we're in that business of trying to find people homes."

People can apply for those grants here. The deadline is November 30.

The FEMA registration deadline is December 4. People can register for FEMA assistance here.

FEMA will provide funding for temporary housing.

Terri Pace received that funding to be put toward a motel stay after flooding damaged her house. However, she had an issue bringing her three pets along with her.

"She told me that the state wouldn't allow more than two dogs," Pace said. "I said we are disaster victims. We need a place to stay."

Pace said she then tried Westgate Resort.

"It was like a $200 fee. They just waived it all," she said. "I actually cried a little bit because it's been very hard around here."

Benji's Bed and Breakfast is also offering half-price stays for pets of flood victims. 

"My passion is that all dogs should be comfortable and have a home," said Charlotte Troy, owner of Benji's Bed and Breakfast. "I don't want to see them floating around in a river. I don't want to see them on the highway."

The accommodations will cost $20 a night to cover necessary expenses. Pet owners need to provide shot records or the veterinarian's phone number. The pet can't be aggressive. Owners are welcome to visit their pets during their stay. Troy asks that people do call ahead.

"Right now they're trying to struggle to get their lives together, so let us take some of the pressure off them," Troy said.

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