The storms that passed through the area
Monday evening caused considerable flood damage in many parts of the Southeast
Georgia region. Four Red Cross Disaster Assessment teams were kept busy all day
Tuesday assessing the damages in the affected areas. Sixteen Red Cross
volunteers and four staff members from several chapters are working feverishly
to deliver a damage report that will cover the four affected counties. An
appeal went out to Red Cross volunteers and quick to respond were two new
volunteers from the U.S. Military. One is close to retirement and the other has
recently retired. They never hesitated and reported for Red Cross duty
immediately. Unless a shelter is opened, they will be assigned to work on the
Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). This is the familiar red and white
box truck that will remain at the ready so that food can be taken into affected
areas for flood victims and Emergency Services personnel on the scene.
goal of delivering a report by 6:00 P.M. Tuesday will be necessary to assess
victims' needs so they can return to their homes as soon as possible after the
flood waters have receded. This goal appears to be on schedule as of 3 P.M.
"Most people think that sheltering and feeding is all we do at the
Red Cross," says Emergency Services Director Sharyn Baggett. "After the initial
emergency is over and people can return home, we continue our support by
distributing clean up kits so they will have supplies to use during their
Ms. Baggett continued to say, "After reviewing the damage
assessment reports, we will be able to determine how many families will need
further assistance and what kind of assistance that will be. This is the Client
Casework Part of the operation and we expect this faze to begin Wednesday
The following is a short rundown of homes
that have been reported affected or damaged as of 3 P.M. Tuesday:
Bullock County: 6 homes suffered major damage
11 homes were classified as affected
(Utilities off, or homes in an area inaccessible)
5 homes suffered minor damage
Wayne County: According to County Emergency Management
Officials there are 20 homes affected.
Some homes have from 6" to 2' of water in them.
Pierce County: 1 home has reported to have damage thus far. (Type of damage,
Bacon County 3
homes suffered minor damage
Bacon County early this morning flood waters trapped three families in their
mobile homes outside Alma. Seven people, 4 adults and 3 children ages 4, 4 and
5, watched the waters rise and by 9:30P.M., it was too late to leave their
homes. Roads had flooded and by 2 A.M. about an inch of water had entered their
homes. Sheriff's deputies, county road crews and Red Cross Volunteer Danny
Turner used an Army 2 ½ ton truck (owned by the Bacon County Sheriff's
Department) and a boat to get the seven people out to safety. "It was a pretty
delicate operation," said Danny Turner. "We drove the truck as close as we
could to the home, then had to use the boat to get to the front door to get the
people on the truck. Extreme caution had to be used so we didn't upset the
alligators that had gathered in what used to be the front yard. They were only a
few feet away and I have to admit, it was a little scary." Thankfully everyone
was calm and we got them out OK."
At the present time there are no shelters open and none
anticipated to open unless more flooding produces more victims tonight. More
storms are forecast and the Red Cross has personnel assigned to monitor the
situation throughout the night.
The Red Cross encourages the general public to help the Red
Cross assist these families and others by making a generous financial donation
to your local Red Cross. To help people affected by house fires and other
disasters such as this one, call the Red Cross office in Savannah at (912)
651-5300, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and
provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent
of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international
humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red
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