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FEMA extends deadline to seek flood aid

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 30, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Administration has extended its registration period for individual assistance by 30 days, giving flood-impacted residents through the next month more time to apply for aid.

South Carolina citizens affected by October’s heavy rains now have until Jan. 4 to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Survivors can resident online here or by called 800-621-FEMA (those hard of hearing or have a speech disability should call 800-462-7585). The phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day until further notice.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, as well as low-interest loans from the SBA to cover uninsured property losses. Other programs to help survivors are also available.

So far, 24 counties have been declared eligible for federal assistance, including the Midlands counties of Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter.

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