Obama signs disaster declaration to help recovery efforts in South Carolina

Obama signs disaster declaration to help recovery efforts in South Carolina
Water rushes out of a lake in Columbia, S.C., after a small dam failed near the Overcreek Bridge on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Officials say the 22-acre lake emptied within moments after the concrete spillway beneath the bridge gave way following days of torrential rains. No one was hurt. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration, ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts in South Carolina.

The president’s action on Monday makes federal funding available to people in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

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