- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s top military officer says the state National Guard and its Emergency Management Division have spent about $40 million responding to last month’s catastrophic storm.

Adjutant General Bob Livingston told legislators Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of his office’s expenses, leaving the state to pay about $9 million. Gov. Nikki Haley approved transferring that amount from the state’s unclaimed property fund.

Livingston says that transfer allows his agency to continue operating.

He says more than 4,000 guardsmen participated in flood response efforts. Their missions included swift-water rescues, transporting sandbags, providing security and traffic control, inspecting dams and repairing roads.

Livingston says guardsmen saved 209 people from floodwaters and evacuated more than 3,000 to safety.

He says 40 guardsmen remain activated, mostly in Clarendon County.

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