- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The White House has approved South Carolina’s request for federal disaster relief after last month’s storm that caused more than $430 million in damage.

The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama signed the declaration. Gov. Nikki Haley made the request for 21 of the state’s 46 counties last week.

The declaration means federal funding is available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14.

The storm left up to an inch of ice that snapped trees and branches across a wide swath of the state and dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the Upstate.

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