Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley approved the deployment of emergency personnel to South Carolina on Monday, Oct. 5 to help residents repair the damage caused by Hurricane Joaquin.
As CNN stated, “The rain may have stopped, but South Carolina is grappling with a host of new concerns. Dam breaks. Billions of dollars in damage. And rivers that still haven’t crested.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters on Tuesday, Oct.6 that state offcials hadn’t yet been able to calculate how much damage had been caused by the hurricane — and with more inclement weather hitting the state at the end of the week, residents were still cautioned with widespread flood warnings.
Members of the National Guard were helping with sandbagging operations throughout the week, but Alabama Gov. Bentley decided that it was time for Alabama to step up and offer support too.
“With the extreme flooding in South Carolina, I have ordered deployment of AL emergency management personnel to help South Carolina respond,” Gov. Bentley said in a series of tweets. “We stand ready to help our South Carolina neighbors in need with any resource that is needed.”
According to Yellowhammer News, first responders from Alabama will be working with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and will be providing assistance to residents as needed. The Alabama workers planned on staying for 10-15 days, and they’re focusing on conducting property damage assessments for residents.
While hurricanes can cause severe damage through high winds and rain, the worst damage often occurs after a hurricane passes; the subsequent flooding leads to water damage, which is expensive but important to fix. Most home insurance policies don’t include water damage from flooding, and it can cost anywhere from $500 to $10,000 to repair a basement with water damage.
“Anytime Alabama is not impacted we should be ready and willing to assist other states,” said Art Faulkner, Director of Alabama’s Emergency Management Assistance. “I am confident the staff deployed through EMAC to help these other states are as well trained and capable as any in the country. This deployment will also better prepare them for the next disaster we face here at home.”