Gov. Nikki Haley: SC will pay at least $114 million for flood damage

Gov. Nikki Haley: SC will pay at least $114 million for flood damage
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Source: Governor's office)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the state will need to pay at least another $114 million for its share of flood damage caused by the massive flood in October.

Haley said at a news conference Tuesday she will ask lawmakers to use revenue generated by growth to pay that bill next year.

The governor said the estimates include the state's obligations for damaged roads, houses and other infrastructure like the Columbia Canal, which was damaged and left the state's largest city without clean water for more than a week. Haley announced Tuesday that she is requesting $140 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing needs.

"If you go through any area you see that the debris is picked up and you see that all the roads, 87 percent of the roads, are back up and running and everything is moving the way that they're supposed to," Haley said. "But, if you take a right hand turn into any one of our communities you will see devastation."

Haley says there have been more than 90,000 applications for aid submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Administration. FEMA has extended the deadline for applications to Jan. 4.

Nineteen people died and more than 540 roads and bridges were closed.

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