FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WBTW and AP) – South Carolina residents who suffered damage in October’s massive floods will have an extra month to request federal help.
Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced in a statement Monday that the deadline to apply for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Administration has been extended to Jan. 4. The original deadline was Friday.
It’s been nearly two months since the historic flood poured down on the Pee Dee and caused millions of dollars in destruction.Still, many there won’t ask for help.
Mike Wade with FEMA says many are still confused as to whether or not they qualify.
“Don’t just sit around and think oh somebody else needs it more than I do. If what you provide to us with information helps to get you some assistance that you may need, then that’s great,” said Wade.
Some people thought if they lived in a mobile home, they wouldn’t be covered.
“Your home is your home. A mobile home is classified as your home. So, yes, people who live in mobile homes are eligible to apply,” said Wade.
Others thought applying for assistance may affect other benefits they receive, like social security.
“As far as anybody getting money from FEMA, particularly our elderly population that is on social security, this money does not count anything towards their social security benefit.”
As of Sunday, 5,692 people registered for FEMA in Florence County, that’s 110 more people from this time last week.
So far, Florence County has been approved for 4.1 million dollars in assistance.
Adrianne Laneave with the U.S. Small Business Administration says they are still encouraging flood victims to go ahead and apply for assistance before the holidays.
“It’s only going to take you a little bit of time, and you might get some more assistance than you thought you may have qualified for. This is your money to be able to help you. This is the federal government stepping in to assist you through your recovery efforts,” said Laneave.
Flood survivors can ask FEMA for help with renting a temporary home or repairing their homes, small businesses can seek low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration for uninsured damage.
You can apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by visiting one of the disaster relief centers below:
Lake City Pentecostal Holiness Church – 620 S. Ron Mcnair Blvd LAKE CITY, SC 29560
Williamsburg Recreation Center – 2084 Thurgood Marshall, KINGSTREE, SC 29556
Park and Recreation- 397 Chappell Drive, BISHOPVILLE, SC 29010
SC National Guard Armory- 1764 Harry Byrd Hwy, DARLINGTON, SC 29532
Technical College Building- 853 Broad Street, SUMTER, SC 29150
Clarendon County- 7 Maple Street, Manning, SC 29102
Beck Recreation Center- 2030 W. Church Street, GEORGETOWN, SC 29440
North Strand Recreation Center-120 Hwy 57 South, Little River, SC 29566
The FEMA aid is available in 24 counties in the state.