WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) today wrote to Governor McMaster urging him to amend the application to the federal government for Hurricane Florence relief to include immediate funding for I-73 as an adequate evacuation route. He released the following statement upon sending the letter:

"While South Carolina has made improvements to hurricane evacuation planning, our inadequate and outdated infrastructure exacerbates the safety risks and economic impacts of a natural disaster in the Grand Strand. Insufficient roadways have put 250,000 of my constituents at risk of having absolutely no lifeline to the rest of state for up to two weeks, with limited access to food, water, medical supplies, and other necessities. In the wake of Hurricane Florence's devastation, and the ongoing, life-threatening risks it poses to our residents, funding an adequate evacuation route for the Grand Strand needs to be a top priority."

Read the full text of the letter here.