Resources and Information for Flood Recovery and Volunteering
The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina has affected all of us in some way. As the state comes together for recovery, resources are available for information, assistance and to donate time and money to the effort. This list is not exhaustive of all the organizations involved and efforts underway.
Federal Disaster Aid
If you were impacted by flooding in South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be able to help you with flood related costs. Apply for aid at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. If you use a TTY, call 800-462-7585
En español: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/es
Access an updated list of counties eligible for assistance here.
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available to victims of South Carolina’s recently declared flood disaster areas. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in flood related matters, is a partnership between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and South Carolina Legal Services.
Flood victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-877-797-2227 ext. 120 (toll-free) or (803) 576-3815 (local) between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, to request assistance. When connected to the hotline, callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance, brief details of the assistance needed and in which county they are located. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with South Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal assistance. Flood victims may also request assistance online by e-mailing DisasterInfo@SCBar.org.
Volunteer and Donations
The United Way has established several regional flood recovery funds to help victims:
For the Tri-county area: http://www.tuw.org/floodrecovery
For the Midlands: https://uwmidlands.wufoo.com/forms/flood-disaster-relief-fund/
For Williamsburg and Georgetown counties: https://uwmidlands.wufoo.com/forms/flood-relief-fund-black-river-united-way/
For Clarendon, Sumter and Lee counties: https://uwmidlands.wufoo.com/forms/flood-relief-fundsumter-clarendon-and-lee-county/
In addition to your gifts, your time is needed as well. Click here to be connected to volunteer opportunities through the United Way.
United Way 2-1-1 is also available for NON-EMERGENCY assistance or to access information on volunteering with recovery efforts. Simply call 2-1-1 from your phone. Sponsored by United Way, 2-1-1 is fully staffed and ready to receive calls 24/7. This service offers up-to-date information about access to community resources, supportive listening and crisis intervention.
After the Flood – Safety When Returning to Your Home of Business
The South Carolina Hospital Association has shared, with permission, guidelines from the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) maintains the Enhanced 511 Traveler Information System to provide traffic camera images, travel time estimates and other technological tools.
The SCDOT Road Conditions System also provides information:
View an up to date list of Road and Bridge closings with filtering (Filter by County or Interstate)
View an up to date list of ALL Road and Bridge closings sorted by county (This view cannot be filtered.)