Florence County announces over $52 million in Hurricane Matthew damages

FILE PHOTO of Madison Street neighborhood after Hurricane Matthew

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW)  Florence County leaders announced the total dollar damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Andrew Golden, the Public Education/Information Officer for Florence County Emergency Management says their assessment revealed $52,481,667 in damage to private property, businesses, churches and government facilities.

According to Golden, 59 homes were destroyed, 133 had major damage and 2,014 had minor damage. The teams also identified 32 businesses which were destroyed, 24 with major damage and 214 with minor damage.

The numbers were generated by the damage assessment teams from the Florence County Building and Planning, Tax Assessors Office, GIS and Emergency Management.

Florence County is one of the counties approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Individual Assistance.  This means Florence County residence seeking assistance to include: money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster can apply with FEMA for assistance.

Individuals seeking assistance can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA representatives are also currently in the county and will be going door to door to assist with the application process. If a FEMA representative comes to your home please make sure that they have proper identification.

The county is currently working with FEMA to identify Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) locations in both Lake City and Florence. These centers are expected to be open by Saturday, October 22.