- 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.