Gov. Haley Tours Flood Damaged Homes

Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — On Wednesday morning, Governor Nikki Haley and flood disaster relief coordinator Kevin Shwedo toured several homes being rebuilt in Sumter after the historic floods left them completely destroyed.

“Although, the sun is shining and the water is gone, the damage and devastation throughout the state is still there,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

To help rebuild, the Governor says more than 20 faith-based organizations are scattered across the state helping owners fix their homes, including a Methodist group from Pennsylvania, helping Billy Rickard reconstruct his mother-in-laws house.

“They basically put their lives on hold to come down here and volunteer and it’s just the way they are helping people out,” said Billy Rickard. “They are so humble and they really don’t expect thanks, they are wonderful people.”

The volunteer groups are currently working on roughly 600 flood damaged homes in South Carolina, using money from the One SC Flood Recovery Fund to buy supplies to fix the damage. However, Governor Haley says to get all flood victims back on their feet, they continue to lean on South Carolinians for help.

“We’re going to continue to rebuild, we’re going to continue to get people back in their homes but we need the people of South Carolina to help us,” said Governor Haley.

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