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.
Governor's Office/Zach Pippin

  Gov. Nikki Haley announced at her press conference today that Calhoun, Darlington, Kershaw, and Lee counties had been added to the federal disaster declaration. The list now includes Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

Damage in Bamberg, Abbeville, and Colleton counties is being assessed by FEMA investigators today. The Governor urged individuals with flood damage not to wait for a declaration of disaster in their area, but to call FEMA at  1-800-621-3362, or go to disasterassitance.gov to report damage.

Governor Haley also warned that there will be flooding in the next twelve hours in the Georgetown area that could last up to twelve days. Highways 151 and 261 are already closed; Highways 17 and 701 are about to be closed. In the next 72 hours flooding in the Jamestown area is also likely. Givens Ferry is expected to rise up to another two feet.

Listen to the entire press conference here:

This post was updated at 1 p.m.

In a shocking move Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race for speaker of the House, throwing the GOP leadership race into chaos and confusion.

According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting — where lawmakers were expected to pick a successor to retiring House Speaker John Boehner — McCarthy told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory.

In a stunning turn of events, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has withdrawn from the race to become the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy was the favorite ahead of Thursday's closed-door vote by House Republicans. He was in a three-way race for the top spot in the House with Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla.

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The last several years have seen something of a resurgence of European crime fiction in the United States. It's no secret that the genre is massive overseas, in Scandinavia and especially France, where roughly one in five books sold is a crime novel. The success of books like Alex, the first thriller by popular French author Pierre Lemaitre to be translated into English, further proves that Americans are catching the bug.

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Michael Horn, the CEO of Volkswagen's U.S. business, appeared before members of Congress on Thursday to answer questions about the German automaker's use of software in its diesel vehicles to fool emissions tests. VW has said some 11 million vehicles worldwide have the software.

Horn testified on the same day German prosecutors raided offices at Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg and elsewhere, seizing documents and records as they investigate the emissions scandal.

A bill proposed Wednesday by two U.S. senators would require drugmakers and medical device manufacturers to publicly disclose their payments to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for promotional talks, consulting, meals and other interactions.

These are critical days for the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.

The former Florida governor has been traversing Iowa this week, in effect reintroducing himself to voters, with the first-in-the-nation caucuses in that state now less than four months away.

This is not where Bush and his advisers expected to be when he got into the race early this year. Back then he was quickly labelled the front runner — the man to beat.

No one calls Bush that anymore, with the topsy-turvy, crowded GOP field with outsiders named Trump, Carson and Fiorina sitting atop the polls.

I Saw The Seinfeld

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In this game we put our VIPs, The Milk Carton Kids, on the same team. Kenneth describes famous Seinfeld catchphrases to Joey, who must guess the line. But there's a catch: Kenneth has never really seen Seinfeld.

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Opposites Attract

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The word "sanction" can mean both "to approve or permit" and "to punish." Weird, huh? It's an example of a contronym: a word that can be its own opposite, or have two contradictory meanings.

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As Damage Assessment Begins, Threat of Flooding Continues in Some Parts of SC

Record rainfall caused severe flooding that left houses in Columbia & elsewhere with water up to their eaves. But, officials say the crisis is not over.

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Harper Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 5, 2007.
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