Dorchester Co. will dip into reserve fund to cover Dorian expenses

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ST. GEORGE, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County will dip into its reserve fund to cover up to $300,0000 in operational and payroll costs associated with Hurricane Dorian.

Councilmembers voted to approve the measure Monday evening.

County officials say they had about 25,500 hours of overtime across all departments from 702 employees over a 7-day span in early September.

Dorchester County spokesperson Tiffany Norton said that amounted to $256.792.92 spent on employee pay for Dorian.

The county will apply for 75 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA reimburses state and local governments for costs associated with operations like disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and repair work for damaged buildings.

Berkeley County officials, meanwhile, estimate they spent just more than $674,583 on expenses and approximately $50,000 on overtime related to Hurricane Dorian. Berkeley County spokesperson Hannah Moldenhauer said the county has submitted a request for public assistance and is working with FEMA and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division to receive reimbursement for their eligible expenses related to Dorian.

A request for expenses from Charleston County was not immediately returned.

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