Flood relief plan brings hope to many in the Lowcountry

VIDEO: Flood relief plan brings hope to many in the Lowcountry

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A disaster recovery plan brought hope to many Lowcountry residents still trying to bounce back from October's one-thousand year flood.
Leaders with the South Carolina disaster recovery office explained how $96 million will help repair homes damaged in the flood.

"We've got to do it focusing from the most vulnerable, working our way up," Executive Director of SCDMV Kevin Shwedo said.

The money would be used to help fix 15-hundred homes in 22 counties in South Carolina, Shwedo explained, starting with those who need it most.

The priority level would be based on average median income for the resident's county, age dependency, disability and other social factors.

"As a blind person, I can't even get around my home like I used to," Dorchester resident Arthur Williams said.

Williams' double wide mobile home was destroyed in the flood.
He said he feels this plan will make him a priority, unlike the initial help he received.

"The contractor that came in to do the work, they took me for $13,000 and they left without finishing the work," Williams said.

"They're going to start from the bottom," Tina Reddy said. "That never happens."

Reddy went around the Lowcountry after the flood with the National Action Network and saw the damage the flood caused.

"The walls were filled with mildew, the water on the floor," Reddy said. "It was like how do people live like this?"

Reddy saw hundreds hurting.

FEMA couldn't help them.

This plan, she said, brings new hope.

"I'm going to tell them that they're going to get the help that they need," Reddy said, with tears in her eyes.

The plan will be submitted to HUD, Housing and Urban Development, at the end of July.

Work on homes are expected to start at the beginning of the 2017.

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