The nation's attention may have moved on since heavy rains swamped South Carolina six weeks ago. But the problems created by the flood are still front and center for South Carolina residents. Many residents flooded out of their homes are still living day to day, reports The State (see: "Six weeks later, some flood survivors still searching for housing," by Avery G. Wilks).
"Many displaced residents have found assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has helped them find and pay for temporary housing, often in hotels, FEMA spokesman Carl Henderson said," the paper reports. Others have received Section 8 housing assistance, the paper reports: "Nancy Stoudenmire, the Columbia Housing Authority’s planning director, said she has issued nearly 220 Section 8 housing vouchers this month to families looking for somewhere to live. Ninety-two of the families had been displaced by flooding and are unable to return to their homes, she said. Waiting lists for the Columbia Housing Authority’s two subsidized housing programs include a combined 6,700 people, Stoudenmire said. 'The need for affordable housing is just ridiculous.'"
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has organized a private charity drive to augment South Carolina's public efforts, the Post and Courier reports (see: "Video: Gov. Nikki Haley forms committee to help neediest flood victims," by Gavin Jackson). "The committee is made up of well-known South Carolinians, including Lattimore; former Gov. David Beasley; Tajh Boyd, former Clemson University quarterback; Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show” on CBS; Jay Haas, PGA golfer; Edwin McCain, musician; Bob McNair founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans; Craig Melvin, MSNBC anchor and NBC news correspondent; Chris Randolph, partner at South Street Partners; Jerry Richardson, founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers; Charleston Mayor Joe Riley; Darius Rucker, country singer and frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish; Steve Spurrier, former head football coach at the University of South Carolina; Dawn Staley, head women’s basketball coach at USC; Dabo Swinney, head football coach at Clemson University; Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group," the paper reports.
"S.C. Disaster Recovery Coordinator Kevin Shwedo said the effort is designed to get people back into their homes," the paper reports. "'There are organizations ready to start swinging those hammers right now,' Shwedo said. 'All we got to do is get them the money for supplies and they’ll do the work on their own.'"
At least one local builder is pitching in, reports the Manning Times (see: "Bluffton Builder Making 'Tiny Home" for Manning,") by Robert Joseph Baker). "Friday, crews were painting the exterior of the house and finishing up some work on the inside," the Times reports. " Construction has been nonstop at the building site in Old Town Bluffton since Brighton Builders kicked off the project with the Town of Bluffton. Project leaders say once the home is complete, they’ll deliver it to Manning to a family who lost everything during the flood."