Florence County launches new efforts in flood recovery

Florence County launches new efforts in flood recovery
Lou Palm, Florence County Long Term Recovery Group Chairman
Lou Palm, Florence County Long Term Recovery Group Chairman

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A new group is working to be a lifeline to people who are still trying to rebuild and recover from the historic floods that plagued our area this past October.

The group was assembled by Florence County Emergency Management.

"We are newly formed, one of the first formed in the state," said Lou Palm, Florence County Long Term Recovery Group Chairman.

Palm and others from various governmental agencies and non-profits will soon serve as a second arm to those impacted by recent flooding.

"Most of the group is very experienced.  We have done this before.  We have been to different areas… such as tornadoes and flooding in other parts of the country," Palm said.

Folks from FEMA, The United Way, and The American Red Cross and other emergency response teams are helping to fuel recovery effort within Florence County.

When the group is fully operational, it hopes to provide construction material and volunteers to help lift the load of getting people's homes back to normal.

Palm said he wants the people who are still having a tough time getting aid and various other resources to know they are not alone in their battle to recover.

"Don't give up. Don't give up. Make sure that you have gone through all of the processes, you have gone through the appeal process with FEMA. Don't give up, get a hold of us as we go through the month," Palm said.

Since the group is still in its infancy stages, it's not quite ready to hit the ground running, but it is ready to start helping the public with what it does have to offer now.

"If you need assistance, right now we are very limited in what we can do. All we can do at this point would be take you unmet need and work with you as we develop our team."

The team said it plans to fully launch this coming January.

If you would like to donate resources to the group, contact Lou Palm at 843-602-4928.

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