Florence County Long Term Recovery Group moves its efforts forward

Florence County Long Term Recovery Group moves its efforts forward

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One group focused on helping flood victims recover is working to get the funding to do so.

The plan is to get dollars from the state and also local business to help people recover from damage left behind by October's flooding.

"We identified 100 families and their unmet need...so that we can start working on a plan of attack at this point," said Lou Palm, chairman of the Florence County Long Term Recovery Group.

The group consists of non-profits and businesses. It was assembled by Florence County Emergency Management to help get flood victims back up on their feet.

"This is a slow process. I know the governor, I know the team behind this wants to move it quickly as possible, but it's a slow bureaucratic process," Palm said.

Last month, the group's assessment revealed that in Florence County alone it will take $1.4 million to help get those in need up and running again.

That study showed the 100 families the group looked at face a common issue.

"The biggest need they have in common, that we are seeing…in the 100 that we looked at very hard is mold," Palm said, adding that the second issue involves problems with sewer systems.

Tuesday's meeting was all about taking steps to get some of that funding from a pot of money that businesses in South Carolina are contributing to. It's called the One SC Fund.

If awarded, by February the Florence Long Term Recovery Group would be able to distribute those funds.

Palm said that cash would go toward helping people in the construction phase of rebuilding.

"We can go out and buy things like drywall, screws and stuff like that," Palm said.

On Tuesday, January 12, there will be a community forum in Lake City, at the McClair Baptist Church.

It starts at 6 p.m., and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the group.

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