FEMA aids Savannah Bluff Landing community, disaster assistance deadline approaches

FEMA aids Savannah Bluff Landing community, disaster assistance deadline approaches

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The deadline to register for disaster assistance from FEMA is Sunday, January 3rd, but officials said since the deadline is on a Sunday, they will accept registrations through Monday, January 4th.

At least one home on Waccamaw Drive in Conway has been left devastated after the historic flooding in October. This week, the family is removing what's left of their house. Luckily, they will be able to rebuild their home thanks to both FEMA and the Small Business Administration. This time their home will be raised off the ground. Emy Chamberlain who lives across the street says it's tough to see her neighbors' home left in pieces.

Like many of her neighbors, Chamberlain was forced to stay with friends during the flooding and took a kayak to retrieve belongings from her home. Her family's home has been through three major floods. After serious water damage to their home in 1998, FEMA helped pay to tear out their house's studs and raise the home above the ground. Still, after this past October's historic flooding, the family's cars were left underwater and mold has developed in their downstairs living room. In the last week, the community has seen water levels rise yet again.  While not nearly as bad as the October flooding, recent rains have left roads and yards covered by water.

FEMA's federal disaster assistance for families may include money for temporary housing, rental assistance, emergency home repairs, property losses, medical expenses, and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

There are several ways to register. Individuals may register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 toll free from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Survivors who use 711 or Video Relay Service or require accommodations while visiting a disaster recovery center may call 800-621-3362.

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