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      Florence County qualifies for storm damage refunds from FEMA

      Florence County is one of 21 counties in South Carolina that has met the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) threshold to possibly get federal funding for winter storm damage, according to Florence County Emergency Management Director Dusty Owens.

      Florence County has more than $2 million in damages from the storm. Owens said the threshold for Florence County was $479,000.

      South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley still has to request aid from FEMA for the qualifying counties to get any money, Owens said. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has now sent a letter to President Barack Obama through the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking for a presidential disaster declaration for the state.

      If the declaration is made, Florence County will be reimbursed for 75% of the money it spent to clean up winter storm damage.

      Owens expects to know more next week.