No Disaster Funds Coming For South Georgia Storm Victims

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Lowndes & Lanier Counties - March 12, 2012 -

There are no funds coming to assist the victims of recent South Georgia storms.

Residents in Lowndes and Lanier Counties were hoping for disaster relief funds. They were hit by a record-breaking F-3 tornado March 3rd.

But Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that the damage is not extensive enough to qualify for disaster assistance from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

"Emergency Management declarations are done in tiers and unfortunately here in Lowndes County, being that we only had 19 homes that were considered to be major damage or destroyed, out of 40,000 homes in Lowndes County total, it did not meet the threshold for assistance," said Dukes.

Volunteers are continuing their efforts to help clean up in the area.
And the city will keep debris drop-off areas open through out the week.

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  • by Gunner Location: Valdosta on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    What's the problem? You people vote for the nanny state to take care of you because you think big government is better than local charities. Now us locals can not support local charities because your big government requires more taxes from us. Too bad you trusted the nanny state to take care of your sorry butts and the local charites don't have the donations either to help you out. (Free helpful hint! Don't use up all your ObamaMinutes on one phone call!)
  • by Robin Location: Tallahassee on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    Ignorance, that's the problem. White, Black,Pink or Purple. People are without their homes, that's sad. Just pray, don't go looking for hand outs anyways. People are mean and selfish, why did this have to be addressed as racist anyways???? Bunch of sick people in this world. This is a disaster and we should be thinking about those in need. Go Figure.
  • by Alice on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    Well, if you actually watch the weather channel, you cannot help but notice that unless they're short on news or something really out of the ordinary happens, they'll talk about the Northeast, The midwest, The West...and now matter how much weather information they report, chances are they will always skip right over Georgia as if it does not even exist! Start noticing!
  • by REALLY??? Location: Valdosta on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    You're going to make this a RACIST problem??? This whole USA is not RACIST, it's becoming just STUPID! If things do not go the way someone wants them to, some whiney behind always crybabies the "racist" card. Get a life people!! Besides...seems I saw WHITE families whose homes were blown away in Lowndes/Lanier counties. OH WAIT A MINUTE!!! Maybe THAT'S the point!!! Maybe there werent enough BLACK FAMILIES who needed help!! Because speaking of sidewalks, just take a look around at which neighborhood receive all the funding and NEW SIDEWALKS & PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, and it sure as heck IS NOT THE WHITE NEIGHBORHOODS!! SHEESH!
  • by mekhut08 Location: bain,GA on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    If the whole city was white they would break their necks to help them. Blacks can't get any help whatsoever. This whole USA is RACIST.
    • reply
      by candy fletcher on Mar 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM in reply to mekhut08
      It's not a racial thing..It's called get yourself homeowners insurance like everyone else.Whites suffer more than blacks anyway!! We pay for everything and yall keep breeding.Get good jobs and educations and maybe you won't be trailer trash.
  • by Wilson on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
    Tallahassee has $2 million dollars for needless sidewalks --- and GA who needs the money, can't get it. Do you see the craziness in this????
    • reply
      by yep on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:06 PM in reply to Wilson
      I see the craziness alright...
    • reply
      by jonny raules on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:57 AM in reply to Wilson
      ME toooooooo i see the craziness in this.
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