South Carolina Flooding

How state government stepped out, and FEMA stepped in

The Flood

Communities across South Carolina have been slammed with catastrophic, life-threatening flooding throughout the weekend of October 3rd, 2015 - October 4th, 2015.

Some of the hardest hit areas recorded rainfall amounts higher than 20 inches. Major roadways were closed across the state and Gov. Nikki Haley originally encouraged people to stay home and avoid any unnecessary travel.

Governor Nikki Haley fails to diffuse the situation

When speaking about the progressing flooding that was devastating Dorchester, Charleston, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties, Haley described the scene as "a different kind of bad". Sending people into a panic, multiple families evacuated the state. 16 counties were declared disaster zones--and the South Carolina government needed help from a higher power.
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FEMA's involvement

Ninety days after severe storms and flooding in South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration have provided more than $219 million in grants and loans to assist in recovery.


FEMA provided money for temporary housing; rental assistance; emergency home repairs; personal property losses; medical, dental and funeral expenses; and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.


Certain branches of FEMA helped go door to door and repair houses that had been harmed in the flooding.

Did Federalism Help?

In certain cases like this one, Federalism helped tenfold. Without FEMA and the national government coming in, South Carolina would still be a sad place to be.