In a special meeting on Monday, January 22, the Bamberg County Council unanimously approved an dmergency declaration.

The declaration recognizes an emergency due to storm damage on January 9, impacting the well-being and property of the county's residents. 

County officials said they are actively working with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) to assess if residents with storm-related property damage qualify for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Representatives from FEMA, SBA and SCEMD visited Bamberg Wednesday, January 24 to evaluate tornado damage and determine eligibility for individual assistance.

Majority of storm damage occurred in the downtown area, affecting around twenty to thirty Bamberg businesses.

Ten businesses, including South Carolina Oak to Barrel, the historic Old City Hall, restaurants and storefronts, were completely destroyed.

Officer Alisha Moore invited community members to join a "Keep Bamberg Beautiful" clean-up effort on Calhoun Street Friday, January 26, at 10 a.m.