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New campaign launches on anniversary of South Carolina floods

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As South Carolina marks the first anniversary of epic flooding, a new effort to help those still hurting was announced today by United Way of the Midlands. Restoring Hope is an effort by United Way and community partners to raise $2 million to repair 250 more homes in the Midlands.

Since Oct. 4, 2015, the date the floods hit, the Midlands Flood Recovery Group has repaired 86 homes, but more than 1,200 households are still waiting for rebuilding and repair services.

“Twenty-seven percent of the flood’s destruction in South Carolina happened in Richland and Lexington counties,” said Mac Bennett, president and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “We’d like to bring the community together to address the needs that still exist in the Midlands.”

Restoring Hope has its own website that gives an easy path for businesses and individuals to make donations or to volunteer. Some needs come with a specific price tag; for example, $1,500 will pay for a home’s mold remediation or $7,000 will pay for a new roof.

The donation of volunteer labor and supplies holds down the cost of these repairs.

The Midlands Flood Recovery Group, led by United Way, is an organization of more than 45 local, regional and national groups that have been on the front lines of flood rebuild and repair projects since last October.

“We need that same energy and enthusiasm that we saw last Oct. 5,” Bennett said. “We need to accelerate getting families back into their homes ... I believe this community can do that.”

Contact Licia Jackson at 803-726-7546.

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