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FEMA extends federal aid deadline for South Carolina flood victims

Kimberly Sonnenfeld walks through the gutted house she lived in during the flood. Rain and floodwaters ravaged the Columbia area in early October, and FEMA responded to tens of thousands of residents who were displaced because of the damage.
Kimberly Sonnenfeld walks through the gutted house she lived in during the flood. Rain and floodwaters ravaged the Columbia area in early October, and FEMA responded to tens of thousands of residents who were displaced because of the damage. mwalsh@thestate.com

South Carolina residents who were affected by October’s floods now have more time to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Small Business Administration.

Officials said victims of the flood now have until Jan. 4, 2016 to apply for financial assistance from FEMA.

There are four disaster recovery centers open in Richland County for flood victims to register in person for federal aid. Those centers are located at:

▪  Richland Library Southeast at 7421 Garners Ferry Road

▪  Richland Library Eastover at 608 Main Street in Eastover

▪  Richland Library Main at 1431 Assembly Street in Columbia

▪  Temple of Faith Bible Way Church at 2850 Congaree Road in Gadsden

All of the centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Flood victims can also apply for federal aid online at Disasterassistance.gov, or by calling (800) 621-FEMA. Those with hearing difficulties can also call (800) 462-7585. Both numbers are toll free and are operational from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

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