Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The weather has been great and recovery efforts are in full swing. Many
folks have been asking about the recovery and repair process. See below
for some useful information and resources for those affected by the
recent storm and flood.
If you have not already done so you must file a claim with FEMA to be
eligible for any kind of disaster related assistance. Assistance is
available for most things disaster related including property damage,
missed work, and temporary housing costs. File a claim online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.
The US Small Business Administration offers low interest loans for
disaster assistance. Loans can be made for damaged homes up to $200,000,
up to $40,000 for cars, and up to $2,000,000 for small business owners.
These loans can be used as a temporary measure if you are waiting on
insurance money. Call 1-800-659-2955 to speak to SBA about a low
interest disaster relief loan.
- Debris Removal/Trash Pickup:
The City of Columbia and SCDOT are handling the majority of the debris
removal and trash pickup in this area. If you live in the City of
Columbia the City will be handling the trash pickup. If you live in
unincorporated Richland County, Arcadia Lakes, or Forest Acres, SCDOT
will be handling the trash/debris pickup. They will be doing several
rounds over the course of the next few weeks. BE SURE TO SEPARATE YOUR
TRASH INTO SPECIFIC PILES ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AS INDICATED IN THE
Check out our Gills Creek Flood website for more resources and information. You can also follow us on Facebook for more up to the minute news, articles, and resources.
- SC Department of Insurance:
If you have any questions pertaining to your insurance policy and what
may or may not be covered you can contact the SC Department of Insurance
at 1-800-768-3467. Because of Obama's disaster declaration there is a
mandatory 30 day grace period on insurance policies and no policy
cancelling can take during this time. Also, the storm and subsequent
flooding WAS NOT a 'named storm event' so the larger deductible rule on
most insurance policies does not apply.
- SC Employment and Workforce:
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program (DUA) is a federal program
that provides temporary weekly assistance to individuals, including
small business owners and the self-employed, whose employment has been
lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster. To find out
more or to file a claim visit mybenefits.dew.sc.gov or call 1-866-831-1724.
- Richland County: Richland County treasurer David Adams has announced that Richland County will delay property tax bills by 30 days.
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