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Disaster centers for flood victims open at Midlands libraries

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Published Oct. 12, 2015

Disaster recovery centers have been open in Lexington and Richland counties to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The Richland County centers are located at Richland Library Southeast, 7421 Garners Ferry Road; and Richland Library Eastover, 608 Main St., Eastover.

In Lexington County the centers are at the main and Irmo branches of the Lexington County Library. The main library is at 5440 Augusta Road in Lexington; the Irmo branch is at 6251 St. Andrews Road.

Representatives from the S.C. Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA. They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.

Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at SBA.gov/disaster. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are also available to help with business, homeowner and renter uninsured losses.

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