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Richland County Flood Update/Community Meeting

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We know that many of you have unanswered questions on where we go from here. In an effort to help answer these questions and to allay your concerns, Senator Joel Lourie and I, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, SCEMD, SCDOT, DHEC, SCDNR, SCDOI, and FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team, will be holding a Community Meeting this Tuesday, October 13, at 6:00 pm at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. We invite everyone in the community to attend. Please see details below. In the meantime, a good resource to review is Help After a Disaster Booklet available at http://www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster . Please remember to stay safe and be careful. #FamouslyStro

Flood Update 2

Dear Friends and Neighbors: SLED Special Agent Stan Arrington flew Senator Joel Lourie, Mayor of Forest Acres Frank Brunson, and me in a helicopter today to survey the damage from above. While most of the lakes have receded, there are still many areas with significant water accumulation. I hope the affected areas will continue to dry out and the last of the remaining bridges and dams stay intact. It has been so comforting to see how our community has come together in this time of crisis. We live in a truly special community. Thank you to all of the first responders, law enforcement, firemen, the national and state guard, volunteers, the media, and our state and local leaders for all of your

Flood Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Although I have been forced to evacuate my home in light of the most recent dam breaks, I wanted to inform you that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration, ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts in South Carolina, including Richland County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding. You may register for relief at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Please remain safe and be careful. Best wishes,