Perdue Asks Bush for Major Disaster Declaration

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Governor Sonny Perdue has asked President Bush for a major disaster declaration in 14 Georgia counties hit by severe storms and tornadoes on Mother's Day.

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has estimated $125 million in insured losses to homes, businesses and timber in Sunday's storms. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency estimates that initial government response and cleanup will top $11 million.

Perdue requested federal aid for emergency protective measures, debris removal and damage to public buildings, as well as help for residents of 650 homes needing repair or replacement in Bibb, Carroll, Crawford, Douglas, Emanuel, Glynn, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, McIntosh, Treutlen, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties.