South Carolina has been experiencing devastating floods across the state that has left 17 people dead and could result in nearly $1 billion in damages.
Some areas in the state have seen more than 22 inches of rain in a short period of time. Even after a week, residents are still being told to evacuate as the flood waters barrel toward the coastline.
President Obama issued a disaster declaration and has ordered federal aid to assist the state, tribal and local recovery operations. The action makes federal funding available to affected parties in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Williamsburg counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed two Urban Search and Rescue teams from Virginia to perform swift water rescues. Residents are urged to follow evacuation protocols and in no circumstances to cross flooded roadways.
"We are closely monitoring the situation and will do whatever we can to help our members who are impacted," said AFGE National President J. David Cox. "This historic flood has caught many in its destructive path, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their homes, livelihoods and even their lives."
You can find more resources on FEMA's website. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.