Disaster Help Information

As South Carolinians assess rain and flood damage, and look for help in recovery, you may find these phone numbers and web links useful.

File: Governor Nikki Haley, October 2, 2015.
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  In a press conference today, Gov. Nikki Haley reminded drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible today, in light of the expect 2 inches of rain falling on already saturated ground and compromised roadways. Haley also listed five disaster recovery centers that are now open:

  • Irmo: Main Library, St. Andrews Rd
  • Lexington: Main Library, August Rd
  • Manning: Weldon Auditorium, Maple St.
  • Holly Hill: Orangeburg Government Complex,  Old State Rd
  • Sumter: Civic Center, Liberty St.

The Governor said that two more centers would be opening over the weekend:

  • Columbia: Richland County Library Southeast, Garners Ferry Rd
  • Eastover: Richland County Library, Main St.

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving the life of President Ronald Reagan, has died.

The Washington Post reports that Parr died at a hospice center in Washington. He was 85.

Parr became part of history when John W. Hinckley Jr. opened fire in 1981. As he described in many interviews since then, Parr heard the shots and immediately pushed Reagan into a waiting limo.

The fate of House Republicans has been in the hands of about 40 out of 246 members. They are the Freedom Caucus — some of the most conservative members of the House, who largely align with the Tea Party movement.

They've been causing outgoing House Speaker John Boehner headaches since he was elected to that position. The irony being that he became speaker when Republicans took over the House with the Tea Party wave in 2010.

And they are not too keen on Boehner's number two — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who pulled out of the race for speaker this week.

When baseball fans think back on memorable events from the season that just ended, there's no doubt that the Matt Harvey Affair is one of the things they'll remember.

Matt Harvey is a star pitcher for the New York Mets. He's in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. With a playoff spot in plain view, Harvey's agent Scott Boras went public a few weeks back with the claim that Harvey's doctors didn't want him pitching a full load this season.

North Korea put on a huge military parade on Saturday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.

Reporting from Seoul, Jason Strother tells our Newscast unit that the country's leader Kim Jong Un gave a rare public speech to kick off the parade.

Kim said that he was ready for war with the United States. Jason adds: "Analysts have speculated that Pyongyang might launch a long range rocket to mark the anniversary. The regime has made no comment that indicates a test is imminent."

We'll leave you with a few pictures of the parade:

  Officials are prepositioning for flooding in Charleston, Georgetown, Williamsburg, and Dorchester Counties. New shelters will open in those areas, and residents should be prepared to evacuate if instructed to do so by local officials. Governor Haley says the Department of Natural Resources will patrol the affected areas rigorously to keep people safe and make sure no one is left behind in evacuated neighborhoods. So far DNR has done more than 800 water rescues, and the Governor urges residents not to “sightsee” in flooded areas as DNR is still working to rescue people.

  Governor Haley says the shelters do not currently need donations or volunteers. Right now, volunteer help is needed cleaning up debris in recovering neighborhoods. DHEC Director Catherine Heigel says volunteers should wear work gloves and boots and get a tetanus shot if needed. She says that if you are not sure whether or not you have gotten one in the past ten years, it is safe to go ahead and get a booster. On Sunday, DHEC plans to open localized clinics in the Midlands to assist volunteers, and local health clinics can also provide shots. For more information, visit SCDHEC.gov. To volunteer or donate, call 888-585-9643.

  As waters from the recent flood rush from the Midlands toward the coast, the South Carolina Department of Transportation already has 200 engineers in 35 teams inspecting roads and bridges to assemble a priority list of what needs doing first, as troopers from the Department of Public Safety work to keep people safe and observing road closings. Some smaller jobs are already being done, says DOT spokesman Pete Poore, who adds that the department has a resource little known to most – a small supply of pre-cast concrete and steel bridges to speed some bridge replacements.

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended its disaster declaration for the recent flooding in order to make survivors in Bamberg, Colleton and Greenwood counties eligible for Individual Assistance. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In the 1970s, families would sit down together every Saturday to watch The Carol Burnett Show. The first five seasons of the legendary variety show are now out on DVD.

We've invited Burnett to play a game called "Rowwwr!" Burnett is married to a man just a wee bit younger than she is, so we're going to ask her three questions about cougars (the large cats, of course).


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