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Stories of people and communities going about the work of recovery from the floods of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.00000177-2120-db48-a97f-fb222fb50000In October of 2015, South Carolina received rainfall in unprecedented amounts over just a few days time. By the time the rain began to slacken, the National Weather Service reported that the event had dumped more than two feet of water on the state. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the subsequent flooding was the worst in 75 years.Then, one year later, rain and storm surge from Hurricane Matthew dealt a blow to many in South Carolina still at work recovering from the 2015 floods.SC Public Radio Flood Coverage from the Beginning

One SC Fund Expands to Help Hurricane Matthew Victims

Thelisha Eaddy
SC Public Radio

The One SC Fund was created after the October 2015 rain event and flood and has distributed $2 million dollars to nonprofits to help residents rebuild and recovery from that historic event. Governor Haley said the fund will now expand to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.

“What we’ve found very, very helpful was we started the One SC Fund last year, and what that did was allowed neighbors to help neighbors, businesses who wanted to contribute to the state to help those in need,” Haley said.

Marcia Adams is Director of SC Department of Administration. She said last year’s flood taught many lessons.

“One of the most important things that we learned is that we were [going to] have short-term needs and long-term needs. The best way to address those needs is through monetary donation.”

According to the One SC Flood Impact report, posted here on the fund’s website, 29 nonprofit organizations received grants to service houses through mold remediation, home furnishings and/or home rebuilding.

“Thanks to so many generous folks throughout the state and nation, the fund has helped more than 1500 families to return home and we expect that we can produce the same results for those affected by the hurricane,” Adams said.

The One SC Fund will continue to support the work of those impacted by the 2015 floods. Anything donated prior to the hurricane will still be used for flood relief. One SC Fund officials said if a donor only wants to give to support recovery of one of the two disasters, they should indicate the disaster in the “special instructions” field on the donation page of its website.

During Gov. Haley's October 10th afternoon press conference, Dr. Marcia Adams talked about needed volunteers and importance of donating locally.

Nonprofits can currently apply for a grant from the One SC Fund at www.onescfund.org. The One SC grants committee will begin reviewing applications as they are received. Funds for immediate needs will be reviewed and dispersed as soon as possible. Requests for funding to assist rebuilding efforts will be reviewed within the coming months after needs have been assessed.