"It means to me that someone's paying attention,"
"We have a lot of people who are sort of wandering around needing attention," he continued, rattling off questions citizens have about home repairs, insurance, drinking water, sewers and getting back to work. "Hopefully what this means is that resources will come available to help the community answer some of these questions and provide help to citizens that are most needy."
The declaration allows the federal government to reimburse local governments, state agencies, some nonprofit organizations and electric cooperatives for some expenses incurred after the storm. Disaster aid is not currently available for individuals.
"The president's declaration came very quickly," Hilton Head Island Town Manager
Riley said federal reimbursements would help the town move forward on some of its initiatives, especially those that involve the island's private communities and roads.
"We'll be able to get some of that money back," he said, "and reinvest it in the community."
Attempts early Tuesday evening to reach
The declaration applies to
"It's a good thing," Keyserling said. "It's well accepted, and I hope we take good advantage of it and manage whatever resources are available wisely."
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