Flooding Causes Obama to Declare Disaster in South Carolina

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.

South Carolina Still Has Flooding Problems

South Carolina was one of the states that was devastated by the fury of Hurricane Matthew. The losses are still being tallied. It will take many weeks to completely assess all of the damage. It is estimated that the losses will be in the billions of dollars. Unfortunately, the problems for South Carolina have not ended when the hurricane subsided. The flooding throughout the state has caused destruction that has resulted in President Obama declaring the state a disaster area. The government has sent aid to displaced residents who have lost their homes in the flooding.

 

The flood waters still remain in many areas of the state days after the storm died down. The water is not going down as quickly as many experts predicted. This has hindered the attempts to clear debris in the affected areas. This has also prevented people from returning to their homes and starting the process of recovering their belongings and repairing any damages. There is no telling when the flood waters will subside to the point where life can get back to normal.

 

The flooding is some of the worst that South Carolina has encountered in several decades. The state did have a lot of warning that Hurricane Matthew was approaching. However, many residents are angry about the state government’s lack of preparation. These people believe that greater care should have been taken to have food, clothing and shelter available immediately for people who were living in areas that experienced the worst flooding. The response was slower in some areas because trucks carrying relief supplies to flooded areas were prevented from driving on roads that were covered with water.

 

Overall the governor of South Carolina believes that the relief effort for residents of her state was executed about as well as can be expected considering the circumstances. All people who needed food, clothing and shelter were provided with it in a timely manner. The big problem still facing South Carolina is how to go about dealing with areas of the state where flood waters are still present. It remains to be seen how this will be accomplished.