- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t want to wait for the anniversary of October’s massive floods to update people on the recovery effort.

The governor called a news conference Thursday to tout the $1.6 million in donations to the One S.C. Recovery Fund she backs and to urge people to go to five town halls in early July and discuss the state’s 110-page recovery plan.

Haley says South Carolina still has a lot of work to do. The state is waiting for $156 million in federal housing aid. Thirty-six of the 541 roads closed in the floods are still closed, but most are atop dams that private owners have not decided if they will repair.

Nineteen people died and the flood did nearly $1 billion in damage.

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