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President Obama declares federal emergency in South Carolina as severe rain comes in

President Barack Obama. (Source: AP) President Barack Obama. (Source: AP)
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The president of the United States has declared an emergency exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help state and local response efforts in the areas affected severe storms and flooding, a news release from the White House says. 

This action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 46 South Carolina counties and the Catawba Nation.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. 

The news release says emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. 

Charleston County Emergency Management says the county is now OpCon 1. The county is under a state of emergency.

Dorchester County Emergency Management has also declared a state of emergency. The county is also operating under Opcon1.

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