Flood repairs to cost $114M


Gov. Nikki Haley is asking state legislators to include $114 million in the state budget next year to pay for damages from the historic October flooding.

Haley said at a press conference Tuesday that the state would be able to cover the cost because of an estimated $1.2 billion in revenues next year. The governor said state officials were waiting to give an estimate because they wanted to be accurate.

“When you have … a 1,000-year flood, the worst thing you can do is throw out numbers and throw them against the wall and see if they will stick,” she told reporters.

The flooding caused more than $136 million in damage to roads across the state, she said. Most of the damaged roads are eligible for some type of federal reimbursement, but Haley said $28.4 million is ineligible for any type of reimbursement for the federal government.

The governor said she is asking the state’s federal delegation for $140 million that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says is still needed for housing repairs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not cover total restoration of properties, she said.

“What FEMA does, is they say that they have to get them [damaged housing] to a safe and sanitary environment,” Haley said. “I will tell you that ‘safe and sanitary’ is not what you would put your children in or what I would put my children in. … We want to get them to an actual repair mode.”

Haley said insurance claims to date total over $181 million.



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