COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The federal government is sending South Carolina and the counties hardest hit by last fall’s catastrophic flooding a combined $157 million. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced the disaster recovery awards Monday. The state will receive nearly $97 million. Richland County will receive $23.5 million. The city of Columbia will get nearly $20 million, and Lexington County will receive $16 million. A HUD spokesman did not immediately know when the money would be available. The awards mean South Carolina is receiving most of the $300 million Congress set aside in the federal budget as aid for 2015 flooding disasters. Gov. Nikki Haley had asked the state’s congressional delegation for $140 million to help repair private homes.