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Flood efforts of National Guard, S.C. Emergency Management hit $40M

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Soldiers with the 742nd Maintenance Company of the S.C. Army National Guard distribute drinking water to residents at Lower Richland High School on Oct. 6. (Photo/Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago)


By Chris Cox
Published Nov. 6, 2015

Flood response last month from the S.C. National Guard and the Emergency Management Division will cost nearly $40 million, officials said Thursday during a S.C. House Ways and Means Committee meeting.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency should cover 75% of those costs, Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston, the state’s adjutant general, told committee members. That would leave the state government with a tab of about $9.5 million.

Various agency heads will continue to meet with the committee over the next several weeks as cost estimates are slowly pulled together.

“This is going to be a long process,” said chairman Brian White, R-Anderson. “We’re continuing to put things together as we find out more.”

On Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley approved transferring $9.3 million from the state’s unclaimed property account to help pay for Guard costs, Patrick Montgomery of the State Treasurer’s Office confirmed.

National Guard efforts came with a price tag of about $9 million, while Emergency Management expenses came in at an estimated $29 million. Those fees includes supplies, people and vehicle mileage, the latter of which will later be reimbursed by the federal government. Roads do not account for those figures.

Reach Chris Cox at 803-726-7545 or on Twitter @chrisbcox.

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