Deal declares state of emergency for seven Georgia counties

Nathan DealGeorgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks to the Atlanta Press Club in April 2015. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday declared a state of emergency for seven South Central Georgia counties devastated by severe weather and tornados on Jan. 21 and 22.

The state of emergency is currently in effect and will remain so for seven days, according to a news release.

“These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas,” Deal said in a news release. These storms have resulted in loss of life, numerous injuries and extensive property damage, and our thoughts and prayers are with Georgians suffering from the storm’s impact. As we continue to assess the damage, I’m prepared to expand or extend this emergency declaration as needed. In addition to the state’s response, all indications suggest we will also be submitting a request for federal assistance as well.

Deal plans to visit the affected areas in the coming days.

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