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Elgin disaster recovery center closing Saturday
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The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery center inside the Blaney Fire Department on U.S. 1 in Elgin will close at 3 p.m. Saturday. Despite the Blaney center’s closing, Kershaw County victims of October’s storms and flooding can still sign up for individual assistance through Jan. 4, 2016. They can also obtain in-person assistance by traveling to disaster recovery centers in Columbia, Bishopville or Sumter.

According to FEMA Media Relations Manager Jim Homstad, the closest center to Elgin is the Richland County Library’s southeast branch at 7421 Garners Ferry Road. Other centers can be found at Lee County Parks and Recreation, 397 Chappell Drive; and a technical college building at 853 Broad St. in Sumter.

“Please keep in mind, applicants are not required to go to a disaster recovery center. They may get the help they need by simply calling toll-free at (800) 621-3362, or, for TTY, (800) 462-7585,” Homstad said. “We recommend that disaster survivors register -- and register only once -- by using the toll-free number or by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov and then, if they have disaster assistance questions, they can visit a center for face-to-face discussion with disaster assistance specialists.”

Homstad said lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Two other disaster recovery centers, in Berkeley and Newberry counties, are also closing Saturday.

For the latest information on statewide flood recovery operations, visit www.scemd.org and www.fema.gov/disaster/4241.