News : Mayor Benjamin Unveils Care Hotline for Midlands' Flood Victims
Columbia, SC, USA, Oct 22, 2015 -- Help is now just a phone call away for flood victims in the Midlands thanks to a local call center in Columbia.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Thursday a new system called 'Care Hotline' has been established.
Volunteers and representatives from FEAM, DSS and the United Way will be working the center to answer any questions people have about the recovery process.
Many people impacted by this month's floods do not have access to the internet, so this is another way to serve their needs.
"There's some really difficult times still ahead. A whole lot of folks are still trying to recover from the floods but people don't have to do it on their own. We'll be here to help them navigate through this effort," said Mayor Benjamin.
The call center will start taking calls Friday morning.
It will be open Monday through Saturday, from 8am to 7pm. The number to reach the center is 866-272-1976.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Friday, October 23, 2015