Disasters - South Carolina Floods 2015

2015 South Carolina Floods

428 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps responded to the flood recovery efforts in South Carolina.  The weekend of October 3, 2015, heavy rain caused catastrophic flooding across South Carolina. Areas near the capital of Columbia experienced 1-in-1000 year event levels of rain.  National Service members provided immediate support for vulnerable populations by increasing the capacity of local nonprofits, managed a new work order system, conducted damage assessments, mucked and gutted homes, meal distribution, donations management and many other critical services.

Highlights

  • CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer and Senior Advisor for Disaster Services Kelly DeGraff visited the affected area on October 27. They met with AmeriCorps members and homeowners in the field as well as state and federal partners.
  • A-DRT members helped design and implement Fast Track Repairs, a new initiative focused on getting targeted populations (below the poverty line, special needs, requested voluntary agency assistance) the emergency home repairs needed in order to begin recovery.
  • Mucked/gutted 73 homes
  • Coordinated over 165 volunteers
  • Assisted over 3,000 people
  • Collected and distributed over 9 tons of donations
  • Conducted over 1,060 needs and damage assessments
  • Entered 750 homeowners into the Fast Track Repairs Database

Recovery Highlights and Plans

Within a few weeks of the floods, AmeriCorps program SBP began deploying members to serve the residential rebuilding needs of residents in Lexington and Richland Counties. Since then, 13 members from across SBP's national network of affiliates have mobilized to serve the community. SBP has focused on meeting long term rebuilding needs - providing demo, mold remediation, and small to large scale rebuilding services.

As of March 2016, SBP has

  • Completed construction on six (6) flood-damaged properties, returning these families to safe, secure housing
  • Completed demo and mold remediation on seven (7) properties
  • Five (5) rehabilitation projects under construction
  • 53 clients on SBP’s waitlist who still need rebuilding services.
  • Engaged 540 volunteers in rebuilding efforts
  • 650 volunteers registered for the coming months
  • Local partners have provided the relationship building, funding and on the ground support to enhance and scale SBP's efforts: United Way of the Midlands, Michael J Mungo Foundation, Home Works of America, Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, Presbyterian Disaster Relief, World Renew, OneSC Flood Recovery Fund (via Central Carolina Community Foundation), Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, UPS, and Rotary Club of District 7770
  • SBP is In the process of becoming a permanent placement site for AmeriCorps members to continue to meet the long term rebuilding needs in the community.
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