COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley is keeping the National Guard on active duty through Nov. 25 so units can continue helping local governments make emergency repairs.
Haley signed an order Friday allowing National Guardsman to keep working, primarily in the city of Columbia and Clarendon County.
According to the state Department of Transportation, more than half of the 99 roads still closed nearly a month after a catastrophic storm are in hard-hit Richland and Clarendon counties.
Haley signed a state of emergency declaration in the days leading up to the four-day October rainstorm, which dumped up to two feet of rain in some parts of the state. She signed a second state of emergency Oct. 15 that expires Friday. That applied to the 20 counties declared disaster areas by President Barack Obama.