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March 4, 2014

POLITICS: Nikki Haley asks for federal disaster declaration for ice storm

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday officially asked for a federal disaster declaration for the Feb. 10-14 winter storm, citing damages of $54 million to government agencies and utilities focused in 21 counties.

The $54 million figure doesn’t include damage to privately insured property or to the timber industry.

The S.C. Forestry Commission plans to release details on its damage survey Wednesday, but agency spokesman Scott Hawkins said Tuesday that the direct immediate damages to timber from the storm will add up to around $360 million.

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