WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today announced that $52 million of South Carolina’s $65 million allocation in relief aid has been secured for Marion County to help recover from Hurricane Matthew damages and subsequent flooding last October. Other disaster declared communities in South Carolina are eligible for the remaining funds.

“The vast majority of the Seventh District suffered damages from Hurricane Matthew. The Housing and Urban Development Department has deemed Marion County as the “most impacted and distressed” area of South Carolina, qualifying 80% of the state’s allocation to the county. During my district tours after the storm, I saw entire towns underwater– many that do not have the resources needed to fully rebuild,” said Congressman Rice. “While other areas of the district have significant needs, this funding is critical to helping Marion County residents rebuild and get their lives back to normal. I will continue to advocate for other areas in the district with unmet needs.” 

In November 2016, Congressman Rice led the South Carolina delegation in a letter to President Obama asking for quick assessment of damages in South Carolina and for the state to be included in any emergency federal funding requests. Congressman Rice and his staff also worked with members of the House Appropriations Committee to secure storm recovery funding in the Continuing Resolution for 2017 that was passed on December 8, 2016.

More information on Marion County funding and other relief aid can be found here.