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tv   South Carolina Governor Gives Update on Hurricane Ian  CSPAN  October 1, 2022 12:34pm-1:02pm EDT

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american history that really speak to this. other times in which presidents of political leaders have used conspiracy to drum up support and times when people have embraced terms like "republic" other than "democracy". i think that has been true of the political and skate and i will look back to inform people how to look forward. i would also say i think our podcast this a good job of laying this out in plain english. try to use moments that speak to where people are and try to understand and give language to what can seem like a very distant political system. i think journalism should do more of that and i hope it can help teachers bring these lofty political topics to the classroom and make them more tangible. host:
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>> 4.2 inches and 3.55 inches at north myrtle beach. no significant river flooding is expected anywhere in the state. for those focused on recovery efforts, the weather should cooperate, and high temperatures in the 60's and 70's. thank you. >> just a few points. we have a number of people here to answer questions, but i would like to do some thank youss.
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we know we have much cleaning up and rebuilding to do. those of you who have seen the pictures, particularly on the strand, we had a lot of water in the northwest corner of the state that did not experience the storm much at all, but the rest of us did, but we had no storm related deaths. we had no hospitals damaged. all water systems were ok. most of the electricity has been restored. and i need to add, in record pace. i don't think we've seen such organization and speedy service as we saw there. insurance adjusters are here. the requirement for permits has been lifted so those from out-of-state can help and speak to our people. so i want to thank two groups of
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people, and the first is the 52 point -- 52 million south carolinians who listened to the advice, listened to the professionals, used their common sense, and this is including those who have never seen a result, but we have had the wonderful response that i outlined above as a result. they followed the advice of professionals and for that we are very thankful for our people. also, i want to thank the thousands of first responders, and that includes the utility linesman i mentioned, the county officials working around the clock, city officials and mayors doing the same thing. we have been in contact with them throughout this around-the-clock. red cross, law enforcement, police and firemen, the highway patrol's, the national guardsmen. this is what we call team south
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carolina. and when you have people like this, experienced and dedicated, who work with the great people of our state, that's when we have good results like this. and as i said, there's damaged. there is some heartbreak. there is work to be done, but all and all, it's a good story, another good story for south carolina, and we are open for business. i emphasized that in north carolina, unc won the other night, and clemson might tonight. i want to thank homeland security. i spoke as well to the fema administrator. i also want to thank the president for his interest. he called.
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with that, congressman joe wilson. >> thank you, governor, and fellow south carolinians, what an honor to be here. the governor was too humble. indeed, we have team south carolina, our municipal officials, first responders, state agencies, but we have a good captain with our governor, henry mcmaster. i am grateful for his service. as i am here today, i'm flashing back to prior hurricanes and how we have learned lessons. i was very fortunate to grow up in the city of charleston and i was right there on the battery on september 29, 19 59 for hurricane gracie. we learned then not to stay during a hurricane. we learn every time. and with hurricane hugo, we learned reverse laning, how we could expedite the evacuation along the coast and how important it is.
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and to be prepared for hurricane ian. it is just so impressive and something from hugo we learn to. the interior could be subject to extraordinary damage but with the governor's leadership and all the extraordinary agencies that are here, and on the federal side, i look forward to working with senator scott, graham and my colleagues in the house, particularly nancy mace on the coast. she's been really pleased, with her being such a spokesperson of the health and safety for our state -- of health and safety for our state. thank you. >> congressman, i did mention that senator graham, senator scott, congresswoman mace, congressman tom rice, and i have officers in contact with congressman clyburn -- i didn't get to speak with him, but he's
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a regular caller, and will be with us next week on another matter, broadband, but it is a great team, and i think you have seen that in the way this disaster could have been a major disaster, but wasn't. kim stenson. >> thank you, director, state emergency management division. most of the state suffered impacts from hurricane ian. the hardest hit areas were along the coast from charleston to oregon county. a more thorough assessment will begin this morning to fully scope the damage of the hurricane, but to give you some preliminary damage figures now, six cooperatives with some damage, at least three counties with infrastructure damage, eight counties reporting residential damage, and five counties reporting some level of business damage.
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this is only preliminary information and will continue to change over the next week. once completed, damage assessments will help us determine if we qualify for any additional assistance. given the current situation, we expect all county emergency operations centers to transfer back to city operations today, but with ongoing focus on damage assessment and cleanup. the state emergency operations center will transition from response to recovery operations later today as well. just a couple of things citizens need to keep in mind, a couple of key points. as the hurricane leaves our area, check your home for damages. take pictures of any damage you notice after the storm. this can be used when filing insurance claims and potential disaster assistance. check your home for mold.
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report damages through our south carolina emergency manager app, and we will make sure he gets to the right location. it's also important to monitor local media. if disaster assistance becomes available, you will be motive ve -- you will be notified through local media. >> thank you. dan evans. >> thank you, governor. as the governor alluded to, i have good news. looking back to friday, just yesterday, statewide, we had record reported outages of 239,349. almost 240,000 averages. as of noon today, we are just over 35,000, so that was a record restoration event. focusing on dominion for a second, as of 6:20 a.m. this
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morning, dominion had 83% of their outages already restored. as of 12:00 noon, there outage number is 11,114. the electric cooperatives have just over 12,000 over noon. duke, 5754. so please join me in saying thank you to the lineman and women who worked literally around-the-clock to restore service. for those of you who are still without power, they are working hard and they generally expect all but a handful to have service by sunday. thank you. >> department transportation. >> hello. i'm christie owen, secretary of transportation for south carolina. since the winds started to move
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out of the stately yesterday, rt mobilized into the area for our rapid response -- our team mobilized into the era for our rapid recovery in response. we have cleared more than 100,000 downed trees across state roads. we continue to work hard down in garden city with regard to debris removal and also removal of the sand on the roadways there. those appear to be the hardest hit areas as far as roads go in the state. we have put in two to four days of work in those areas. of course, we will work sunup to sundown and stay there and remain committed to that mission until it is completed. i want to echo the governor's comments and thank the first responders and local governments for their efforts to clear the roads, get trees out of the
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road, and get restoration of our network back to full strength. last comment is just, as we continue our recovery operations over the next several days, be mindful that, if you happen to be in the area, we will have men and women working in the area and watch out for your safety. >> ben duncan, chief resilience officer for south carolina. >> we stand ready to assist citizens with unmet needs from the disaster. we have people ready to mobilize all over the state once enacted. we want to thank our volunteer organizations for assisting before we could get there, but we are ready to get there whenever we are needed. thank you. >> mike lee, department of social services. >> thank you, governor. good afternoon.
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michael lee, south carolina department of social services. we have five shelters open with a population of 121 clients in jasper, orange, williamsburg and other counties. we have one general population shelter open in charleston county with a population of nine. this shelter probably will be closed around 4:00 today, and it takes a massive effort for many partners to make sure sheltering occurs. i want to thank the american red cross and other organizations, many state agencies and local state law enforcement. thank you. >> thank you, sir. director michael wise, department of insurance. >> thank you. once it is safe, we encourage anyone who has damage to take whatever step they can to secure their property, take photos and secure receipts for
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items needed to mitigate damage. unfortunately, bad actors may try to take advantage by posing as contractors, so make sure to ask for identification, appropriate licensing and written documentation. if you have damage from the storm, contact your insurance company and file a claim as soon as possible. if you cannot find your insurance company's phone number, visit our website or contact our office of consumer services. we are here to help. we can answer insurance related questions. conta us atc 1800-768-3467 or visit our website. for national insurance claims, contact your agent or carrier. to find your agent or carrier, called the national flood insurance program or visit
12:52 pm >> any questions? >> down in the city of georgetown later today, what is your plan? >> we are going to tour by helicopter over the beach, go down probably close to charleston. we will also be meeting with some of the mares in georgetown who are going to be there. we are going to look at the damage and see what we see, but we want to assure the people that this team, while we are somewhat demobilizing the national guard as well as the highway patrol, as they are not needed at this point, and as far as we know, we have had no vandalism, no break-ins or those kinds of things, no price
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gouging, but some of the force that has been on duty at the location will be removed other than to clean up, but we want the citizens to know that this is not over and we are still very much involved. >> [indiscernible] >> i don't know. we will have somebody driving it. [laughter] it ain't gonna be me. >> we saw a few peers go down. >> i don't know the answer to that. the island pier is owned by the development there. i'm not sure about the others that were hit. does anybody have the answer to that? >> sure. i'm not sure which one it is, but there's only one that is
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government owned and the other two are privately owned. i don't know. >> it is not poly's island -- it is not poly's island. >> you mentioned some infrastructure damage. what kind of infrastructure are we talking about? >> the piers were one of them in there. there might be some station issues with one county. so they just have to go look at it. there may be some road infrastructure issues as well. but right now, it's very preliminary in terms of what we know until those teams get out. i mean, the storm just ended last night, and here it is just a little afternoon. we will get all that information, some of it this weekend, but some of it will probably be next week. >> how about bridges? >> we have no issues with any
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bridges across the state. from the road and bridge standpoint, we fared well with this storm, really from the entire coastal areas of south carolina. the only issue we have noted with regard to roads is seagrass or sand watching over, and of course our team is out along with local officials to get things cleared and removed so the roads can be passable again, but it's not just what you see on the surface. if you think about all the pipes underground that normally drain the water away, they are also filled with sand, so we have to clear those out. that is part of the reason it will take a little additional time, but no significant infrastructure damage from a road and bridge standpoint. >> any other questions? >> going back to the damages that may qualify for additional federal assistance, at what
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point would we qualify? >> mr. stinson? >> we will look at it from two perspectives. one is assistance to individuals and families, and that generally is not a threshold type of decision that's made, but historically, we probably have to have about 100 homes with either destroyed or major damage, so we will look at that, and we are not hearing a lot of residential damage, but again, it's all preliminary now and we need to look at it. insurance also factors into that as well. on the infrastructure side, what we call public assistance, we have a state threshold of about $3.4 million we would have to reach before we could qualify for any assistance in that area, and then each individual county has a threshold as well that they have to meet, so we would have to meet those gates. we should start to have a better
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feel for that in the next week or so. >> more questions? >> the question for john. initially, the forecast track had a going toward charleston, and then it jumped more to the northeast. is there anything in terms of watches and warnings you would have done differently or the national weather service will do differently in future storms? >> we are always assessing our performance and looking for ways to improve, but if you look at the past 10 or five years, hurricane forecasting has improved dramatically. there are a lot less people being warned now than 10 years ago for approaching hurricanes, which is good news. we tend to focus on where land phone might be, not realizing there's inherent error in the forecast -- where the landfall might be, not realizing there's
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inherent error in the forecast track. you have to realize the cone is an indicator of where it might move, and just because you are not in the direct path in the forecast does not mean you will not be impacted. the other thing too is the paths often extend beyond the center of the storm. landfall was just south of georgetown but we felt tropical storm force winds and head trees down all the way into the midlands, so just because you are not at the exact location of landfall does not mean you will not experience impacts. the people need to realize how it works and how they might be impacted by any future storms. >> were questions? >> what area, specifically, do you think is the worst hit? >> basically, the area from charleston north to ory county and the next tier of counties after that. in the southern sector, with beaufort and collins and jasper,
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they received very little damage. >> any more questions? ok. thank you very much. >> we have more live storm response coverage for you later today. coming up, florida governor ron desantis will brief on efforts in his estate. that's scheduled for 1:45 p.m. eastern. we will get you there live when he starts. this afternoon, more from south carolina governor henry mcmaster, who will give another update from georgetown at 4 p.m. eastern. we will have that for you live as well on c-span, online at, or on c-span now,
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