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$96 million available for SC victims of October flooding

(source: SCDRO) (source: SCDRO)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -  South Carolina received more federal flood relief money than officials expected after historic rains hit the Palmetto state in October 2015. 

Now the SC Disaster Recovery Office is presenting a plan for how $96 million dollars will be spent to help those people who are still in need.

SCDRO is focusing on the most vulnerable victims including children, the elderly, the disabled, and the very poor. 

The money will go towards rebuilding damaged homes or constructing brand new homes depending on the situation. 

How do you know if you are eligible for assistance?

  • You own or live in a home in 22 of the 24 counties declared disaster areas, which includes Horry, Darlington, Florence, Marion, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties
  • You have documented damage from the October 2015 disaster
  • You can prove you lived at the location at the time of the event
  • One person on the application must own or have an ownership interest in the property
  • You must be an U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident

However, officials want to make clear that eligibility does not guarantee assistance. 

According to a brochure provided to people at town hall events across the state, eligible applicants will be prioritized by a number of factors.

Those include average median income for the resident's county, age, disability, other social factors.

Something else to note is that residents who do get help from this available money must agree to buy flood insurance.

"If a resident doesn't acquire the flood insurance, they will not be serviced after the next disaster," a brochure states.

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