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Flooding repairs to cost state $114M

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By Chris Cox
ccox@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 1, 2015

The damage caused from October’s historic rains and flooding will cost the state of South Carolina $114 million, Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday.

The governor plans to ask lawmakers to include the figure in the state’s budget next year. With an estimated $1.2 billion in additional revenue, the state should have no issues paying its end, she said.

“We see what we are able to do,” she said. “We don’t want to put any states on the hook any more than what they have to. We’re more than happy to take care of our share, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Gov. Nikki Haley plans to ask the federal government to pay the $140 million the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates is needed for home restoration costs. (Photo/Chris Cox)Gov. Nikki Haley plans to ask the federal government to pay the $140 million the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates is needed for home restoration. (Photo/Chris Cox)

Haley does, however, plan to ask the federal government to pay the $140 million that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates is needed for home restoration costs.

“If you go through any area, you see that the debris has picked up and you see that 87% of the roads are back up and running and everything is moving the way they’re supposed to,” she said. “But if you take a right-hand turn into any one of our communities, you will see devastation. What we want to do is get people back on their feet.”

The public assistance cost — which includes repair to roads, government buildings and the Columbia Canal — is projected at $300 million. The individual assistance, given out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to individuals for whatever items they needed, is being estimated at $67 million, Haley said.

More than $181 million has been paid out in insurance claims, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has loaned $82 million thus far to individuals and businesses.

About $70 million in federal assistance for road repairs has been approved, Haley said, with an additional $37 million in costs coming from public assistance. About $28 million will be needed for roads declared ineligible, she said.

Another $28 million is also needed for beach renourishment. Haley said she planned to send a letter to engineers urging them to expedite the process in time for the state’s tourism season.

Reach staff writer Chris Cox at 803-726-7545 or @chrisbcox on Twitter.

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