(TNS) — An estimated 55 homes were destroyed and more than 1,500 damaged in South Caroline by Hurricane Florence, according to new, early estimates.
The S.C. Emergency Management Division said Monday preliminary assessments show 829 homes have minor damage, 704 homes have major damage and 55 homes were destroyed by Florence.
In a press release, the agency said the estimates likely will change as damage assessments continue, flooded areas become accessible and officials transition to recovery operations.
While waters have started to recede, forecasters expect flooding to continue in several Pee Dee areas, including Bucksport and Socastee.
The state Emergency Operations Center will remain partially activated to support county emergency managers as requested, according to Emergency Management.
As of Monday:
The S.C. Governor’s Office also said Monday that disaster recovery centers will open Tuesday in Cheraw, Dillon and Conway to help residents with damages and losses from Florence. Other centers will open soon in other communities affected by the hurricane, according to the governor’s office.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and offer assistance at the following locations:
For more information, go to DisasterAssistance.gov; call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585); or download the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app.
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