The winter storm from Feb. 10-14 not only left kids out of school and caused over half a million power outages in Georgia, there are also many repairs as a result of damage from this storm in the form of heavy ice, which led to fallen trees, debris and broken power lines leading to some rough driving conditions and damaging many critical facilities. Gov. Nathan Deal has submitted a request to President Obama for federal disaster relief for the 48 counties where the combined damage estimates exceed $43 million.
Among the 48 counties are: Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Glascock, Jenkins, Richmond, and Screven Counties.
“The storm brought destructive levels of ice that far exceeded anything we’ve seen in decades, and state and local agencies had to mobilize significant resources to protect lives and property and get Georgia back to normal as quickly as possible,” Deal said. “The costs associated with this storm far exceed the federal threshold for a disaster declaration. These are significant expenses for the state, and a declaration by the president will allow us to recoup 75 percent of the eligible costs with federal assistance. We greatly appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from FEMA in this response effort.”