Governor Deal updates on Irma recovery efforts – response teams sent to coast
Governor Nathan Deal local emergency and transportation officials gave an update on the aftermath of Irma.
The hardest hit area of the state is the southeastern counties, Camden, Charlton, and Glynn Counties. Due to the storm surge, those counties received significant impact of flooding. An instant response team was deployed to Camden County yesterday due to the flooding and damage.
GEMA stated that instant response teams and FEMA officials are on the ground in Camden, Charlton, and Glynn Counties. Glynn County has blocked off all entry points into the county and Camden County has significant travel services that are not available such as gasoline.
Officials stated that I-75 and I-95 in South Georgia have limited gasoline supplies due to flooding and are not able to be operational. Officials have encouraged Florida and Georgia residents to stay patient and stay in place until local authorities have given approval to return to the area.
Power services are trying to be restored. Georgia Power representatives stated that 20 percent of service has been restored to its customers. Every region of state was impacted due to the scope and size of Irma and will take time and numerous days to get power restored. Over 1 million customers are being serviced for power outages.
The Department of Public Health and the Georgia Park Service still has openings for shelters. State park shelters can be viewed and www.georgiastateparks.gov
Forty-one Red Cross shelters, 30 DNR shelters, and 47 Good Samaritan shelters are available until people are ready to go home. The major challenges for the shelters have been power. More than 50 hospitals lost power and had backup generators – all hospitals are now with power.
The Georgia Insurance Department will be sending in teams to the coast to help set up mobile units to work with individuals for filing flood insurance claims.
The magnitude of traffic has intensified on I-75 and Governor Deal has urged all to be patient.
“We are going to do everything we can to facilitate your return to Florida. Be courtesy to each other and your Georgia hosts,” said Deal.
Governor Deal stated that all re-entry efforts will be based on bridge infrastructure quality and the approval of the local authorities in the county.
Governor Deal said that he is expecting to lift evacuation order for the state, but some counties may not let evacuees back due to the significant damage and flooding.
Check your local county website or social media page to review their re-entry process before returning.