Fire engulfs multiple downtown buildings on Front Street in Goergetown (image credit: Erin Rea Forbes via wcsc)
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley has opened up $1 million in public funds to help rebuild Georgetown's historic waterfront.
Haley issued an executive order Tuesday declaring an emergency for the city and county in relation to the Sept. 25 fire.
The order makes available up to $1 million of Community Development Block Grant Program funds held by the state Department of Commerce.
Last week, a contractor removed the remaining facades from the fire that raced through the city's shopping and dining district, gutting seven waterfront buildings and putting 130 people out of work.
Nearly 10 families who were living in apartments above the buildings were displaced.
The emergency declaration also means affected businesses won't be charged costs associated with paying out unemployment benefits.