The flooding caused as a result of Hurricane Matthew has been quite extensive in many parts of South Carolina. The destruction has been so severe that President Obama has felt it necessary to declare most of the state a major disaster area. Nikki Hayley, the governor of South Carolina, had requested that Obama make the declaration. Obama has also started the process of sending federal aid to 14 of the counties that have encountered the most destruction.
The reason the presidential declaration of a disaster is so important is that it officially begins that flow of money to many of the non-profit organizations that will be heavily involved in the relief effort throughout South Carolina. Local governments will also be reimbursed for the money they have spent so far in finding food and shelter for people who have been displaced as a result of the catastrophic flooding.
Many people thought the worst was over after Hurricane Matthew disappeared. However, that was not the case for many people who live throughout the state of South Carolina. Their troubles were only just beginning. Many parts of the state were completely unprepared for the amount of flooding they received. Therefore, these counties will be relying very heavily on the support they receive from the federal government during this time of crisis. President Obama has also authorized the activation of 1,500 members of the National Guard to assist with the relief effort throughout South Carolina.
Overall, Governor Hayley has been pleased with the national response to the disaster in her state. She believes that the aid being sent by the government will help to save lives. However, she has vowed to be better prepared for any storms that might come through South Carolina in the future. She said she is going to get funding to provide many of the coastal counties with the equipment they need to deal with flooding caused by future storms. She believes that being prepared is the key to limiting the damage that these storms cause. The cleanup process will be a long one. However, Governor Hayley knows the people of South Carolina will persevere.