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FLOOD RESOURCES AND RESPONSE
Information for landowners and loggers
Response activities
Flooded pine stand.SCFC estimates $65M loss to forest products industry from flooding

South Carolina Forestry Commission officials have estimated a loss of at least $65 million in the forest industry’s economic impact because of October 2015's historic flooding. The estimate was derived from forest planting and inventory data, aerial surveillance, mill reports and consultations with loggers and landowners.
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USDA offers assistance to Carolina farmers and ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent floods in North and South Carolina that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. State and county staff in USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) stand ready to help.
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Unemployment compensation available through DEW

Individuals who are out of work as a result of the storm and resulting floods may be eligible for unemployment compensation or other assistance. Contact the SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) to apply for unemployment by any of the methods below:
Online: http://www.dew.sc.gov/
Phone: (803) 737-2400 - local / (866) 831-1724 - toll-free



Disaster unemployment assistance through FEMA

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides unemployment benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed due to a natural disaster and who are not eligible for regular state unemployment insurance.
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Economic injury disaster loans for small businesses

If you have suffered substantial economic injury and are a small business, small agricultural cooperative or private nonprofit organization in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
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Business Physical Disaster Loans

Businesses that have experienced damage in a declared disaster area may be eligible for financial assistance from the Small Business Administration.
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Income tax deduction for timber casualty loss

Timber damaged by natural disasters are casualty losses that may allow landowners to claim a deduction on their federal income tax returns.
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BMP specialists can provide technical assistance with rebuilding private roads

While surveying damage to your forest from the recent flooding, take notice of your forest roads and stream crossings. Your forest infrastructure is the first segment of the line that connects the dots between your forest and the mills. If you incurred damage, please contact one of our specially trained BMP Foresters for technical advice on how to repair or rebuild your forest roads.
CONTACT BMP COORDINATOR HERB NICHOLSON



Forest health: how flooding may impact our forests and trees

There is a lot of conflicting information concerning the impact of flooding on trees, largely due to the complexity of the interacting factors that determine whether a tree survives. However, the general consensus is that most mature trees in flooded areas will survive.
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Send us your photos!

We need your help documenting the extent of the damage caused by flooding across South Carolina. Please send us photos of your forestland(s) and/or roads that have been damaged and/or are underwater to scfc@scfc.gov. We'll share them on our Flooding Photo Gallery.


SCFC assessing forest damage

In addition to having boots on the ground now, the Forestry Commission conducted aerial surveys to assess the extent of damage to the state's forests. Forest landowners can also assist in the assessment process by documenting any damage to their trees and property in the case that assistance becomes available at a later date.


SCFC IMT goes into action

The Forestry Commission's Incident Management Team was mobilized before the flooding began. Assisting a multi-agency coalition of search-and-rescue professionals, the IMT set up shop in the Columbia Fire Department headquarters while SCFC chainsaw crews fanned out across the hardest-hit areas of the state.



Forestry partners appealing to state, federal legislators

The South Carolina Forestry Association and Commission are fighting for the welfare of loggers, landowners and mills by making elected officials and other decision-makers aware of the need to fix roads and bridges, protect newly planted forests and keep the state's mills operating.


USC photo app helps document damage

The University of South Carolina's Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute has developed a crowdsourcing app for damage and impact assessments from the floods. Please share and use this around your neighborhoods to report damage and needs back to SCEMD and others working the disaster. Simply click the link and upload photos and information linked to a point on the ground. No password needed.
Residents' Damage Reporter: http://arcg.is/1Oq54Zu
Instructions: http://bit.ly/1FXSpum