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BREAKING: President Obama Declares Major Disaster In Deadly Flood-Ravaged South Carolina

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President Obama on has officially declared a ‘Major Disaster’ in South Carolina,

where a 1,000 year flood has killed at least nine people and left many others without power, water or sustainable infrastructure.

The president’s action on Monday makes federal funding available to people in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

According to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:

“This is dangerous, this is very real,” adding “Some 40,000 people were without running water and 26,000 people lacked power.”

Latest Images from the Ground:

Officer Gray rescuing an elderly woman from her car submerged in water on Highway 78 near Blue House Road and carrying her to dry land.

Posted by North Charleston Police Department on Monday, October 5, 2015

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