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Mauldin Flood Victims Still Struggle for Answers

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Some Mauldin flood damage victims say they still can’t get answers about whether they’ll get help from the government. Some Mauldin flood damage victims say they still can’t get answers about whether they’ll get help from the government.
MAULDIN, S.C. -

Frustrations are running about as high as the flood waters that devastated one Upstate city.

Back in July, a storm dumped several inches of rain on parts of Mauldin, flooding houses so badly people still can't go home.

More than a month after floodwaters gushed into his neighborhood, all of Chris McMahan's neighbors have abandoned ship. He's the last one on his cul-de-sac.

“A little secluded,” McMahan said with a laugh.

He's trying to save what's left of his home, which was flooded with 4.5 feet of water.

"We've lost half our house. Half the area we were used to living in is gone,” said McMahan. “My son's actually living in the dining room."

His flood insurance covers the structure itself, but not the cracks in his home's foundation and not the $20,000 worth of belongings he lost.

But he says what's most frustrating is he can't get answers about whether he's going to get help from the government, what help he might get, or when it might get here.

"Until we get more definitive answers on what's going to happen, we don't know which direction to head," said McMahan.

"That frustration is understandable," said Mauldin City Administrator Trey Eubanks.

Eubanks said the city can't give homeowners like McMahan answers it doesn't have.

“There are a lot of questions right now about what programs we'll qualify for," said Eubanks.

He said the city would like to apply for federal relief funds from FEMA, but doesn't know if it qualifies yet because damage assessments are still coming in.

But there could be more answers in a few weeks.

Representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources and Emergency Management are coming in to Mauldin in mid-September.

“By that time, they believe that the damage assessments will be in and there will be more answers,” said Eubanks.

There are some things Mauldin city government has been able to do to bring immediate relief. It's collected about 26 tons of storm debris. That's about the same weight as four elephants.

The city has also expedited building permits and sprayed for mosquitoes in low-lying areas.

There are about a dozen homes in the city with damage covering more than half of the property.

The American Red Cross has helped 42 victims of July's flooding in Mauldin.

If you live in Mauldin and haven't notified the city of your storm damage yet, call Mauldin Business and Development Services at 864-234-3475.

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