State Senate members study cost of historic flooding

COLUMBIA, SC– State Senate members met in Columbia Wednesday to begin studying the cost of this month’s historic flooding.

President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman leads the chamber’s budget writing committee.

They spoke with members of the emergency management division, the South Sarolina department of transportation, DHEC,and the state law enforcement division.

DOT secretary Christy Hall said as of Tuesday road closures are down 79-percent since October 5th.

Andrew Leaphart of the DOT said the state could never prepare for a thousand year flood but the agency is extremely proud of their recovery effort.

The committee did not decide Wednesday how much money would be needed for each federal agency to help the state recover from the flooding.

This was their first meeting since the panel was created on October 16th.

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