Berkeley Co. officials confident damage will qualify for FEMA aid

Berkeley Co. officials confident damage will qualify for FEMA aid
Flooding in Goose Creek (Photo Source: User Submitted)
Flooding in Goose Creek (Photo Source: User Submitted)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County's supervisor the damage the county sustained in historic flooding should qualify residents for federal aid once damage assessments are complete.

"Although President Obama did not place us on the initial list – a list compiled before the damage assessments have been made, Berkeley County should easily exceed the threshold to be added to the list after the assessments are made," County Supervisor Bill Peagler said.

FEMA assessment teams are on the way to Berkeley County, he said.

"I expect these folks will clearly see the extreme value of damage and add Berkeley County to the list, so our residents and businesses can get the federal funding assistance they need," he said.

Gov. Nikki Haley urged residents on Monday to go ahead and begin making an inventory of damage sustained, saying that additional counties would likely be added to the list of qualified counties as damage assessment teams compile additional data.

Peagler also said the water has begun to recede, but added there are still a number of dangerous areas because of impassable or washed away bridges and roadways.

The Berkeley County landfill will have extended hours Wednesday, opening at 7:30 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m.

All Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Convenience Centers will have regular hours Wednesday except for the center in Shulerville, which is still not accessible.

There are no court proceedings being held for the remainder of the week, but the Berkeley County Courthouse and offices within will continue to remain open. Also, jurors are exempt for the rest of the week per an order by the South Carolina Supreme Court Justice.

Residents in need of information of road closures or with knowledge of road conditions that need to be considered should call (843) 719-4800.

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