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Trump declares disaster for eight SC counties

September 18, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in South Carolina, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

According to a report by The State, eight counties were included in Trump’s declaration, and only two so far are from the Pee Dee.

Those Pee Dee counties are Marion and Williamsburg.

The other counties are Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Orangeburg.

More counties may be added to that list as FEMA receives reports of more damages.

The state was approved for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements, which help local governments, state agencies, nonprofits and electrical nonprofits get back on their feet after major disaster events, according to the statement.

Agencies under the order are eligible to apply to be reimbursed for 75 percent of costs, according to the statement.

S.C. Gov. McMaster requested the declaration on Sept. 9 as Florence threatened the South Carolina coast as a major hurricane, according to a letter sent from McMaster’s office to the president.

Money can be spent on expenses related to the emergency and other protective measures, according to the statement. That includes things like debris removal, hazard mitigation and any emergency services used in relation to Hurricane Florence.

Agencies under the order are eligible to apply to be reimbursed for 75 percent of costs, according to the statement.

On Friday, Trump declared a disaster in North Carolina Friday, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The order also extended to eight N.C. counties.

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