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Hampton County officials assess storm damage

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Hampton County Emergency Management Director Susanne Peeples Hampton County Emergency Management Director Susanne Peeples

Emergency officials in Hampton County are trying to assess the amount of damage from this week's storm. It's the first time since 1999 that the county has had to conduct such an assessment.

It's still too soon to tell how much damage there is in Hampton County. The initial estimates are between $30,000 and 40,000, but that could change later Friday afternoon.

Here's how it works: The county must meet a threshold of about $74,000 before they can request help. If they do meet it, the next step is for the state to make its threshold, which is about $6.4 million.

Even if Hampton County makes its threshold but the state does not, they will not get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

Following that, FEMA will do its own assessment and critique each county's records before making any emergency declaration.

emergency officials say this is why it's so important for people to report their damage as soon as possible. 

"Just because we're doing this damage assessment, that does not mean you're going to get money back. But it does mean that if a declaration happens, you may be eligible for a small business loan if FEMA steps in," said Susanne Peeples, Hampton County Emergency Management director.

The emergency management agency is hoping to have a better estimate later on Friday.

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