Florence County Long-Term Recovery Group continues work on flood relief plans

LAKE CITY, SC (WBTW) – On Wednesday, the Florence County Long-Term Recovery Group met again at the Lake City Library to discuss how to help families who still face problems after October’s flood.

The county’s long-term recovery group specifically looks to help those who didn’t get federal assistance from FEMA.

“Part of our problem going in was that we had $1.4 million dollars in unmet needs but we didn’t know quite, what the specific need,” said Chairman Lou Palm.

This gathering marks the fourth time the group has met since the first meeting back in December.

Since then volunteers from the Red Cross have identified 100 families in the Lake City and Johnsonville areas with one thing in common.

“Mold most of them have mold in common.  We need to get into some of these homes that still have mold, rotten wood and unsanitary in which to live and give them a safe, secure and sanitary house,” palm stated.

The group will now try and tap into the One SC Fund, a statewide initiative to help with flood relief.

Also they plan to establish an unmet needs committee.

“What we are trying to do is move the process as quickly as we can.  So that we get ahead of anymore cold weather or that we get ahead of mold injuries.  We’re in a desperate situation here in Florence County,” explained Palm.

They will send their One SC Fund request off Thursday and hopefully receive some kind of funding by February.

There will be a community forum Tuesday January 12th at 6:00 pm at Mount Saint Claire Baptist Church in Lake City to go over the plans.


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