Senate moves on ice storm reimbursements

March 22, 2017

The S.C. Senate has moved on allocating funds to counties and municipalities affected by the 2014 ice storm.

Senators last Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would reallocate $4.5 million remaining unclaimed funds from last year’s Farm Aid Bill to the Town of Nichols, as well as 22 counties and municipalities affected by the 2014 ice storm, according to information provided by Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken.

The first $700,000 would go to Nichols – a small town in Marion County that was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew late last year.

The remaining $3.8 million, Young said in a letter to constituents, would be “reallocated proportionally” to the 22 affected counties “and cities in those counties for reimbursement as to their remaining unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the 2014 ice storm clean up.”

Young has said the appropriation needed is approximately $11.5 million.

Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian could not confirm as of Tuesday night what that funding number would specifically mean for the County, which spent more than $30 million in clean-up repairs for the storm known as Winter Storm Pax.

County officials have noted how the County, like others, had to dip in its reserves to cover costs. They also have said counties that have endured weather-related emergencies should be treated fairly by the Legislature.

Cities in Aiken County also impacted by the ice storm include Aiken and North Augusta and the Town of Jackson.

The bill now heads to the House, according to Young.