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Senate leader: State could dip into savings for flood costs

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

The leader of the South Carolina Senate says lawmakers could dip into state savings to cover costs associated with this month's catastrophic flooding.
    
A panel created by Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman to study the storm's cost and potential state response met for the first time Wednesday. Agency officials are still calculating those costs.
    
Leatherman said options include borrowing or using state surpluses.
    
The State newspaper of Columbia reports unbudgeted costs include 4,100 state National Guard members being called up to assist. The Guard reports saving 209 lives from the fast-moving waters.
    
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to pick up 75 percent of the Guard's expenses, which include fuel and mileage.

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