Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:31 GMT
A huge truck load of peanut butter is headed to Oklahoma tornado victims. Friday afternoon, 31,680 jars of it were loaded onto a truck at Lineage Logistics in Albany. The 22 pallets of peanut butterMore >>
Friday afternoon, 31,680 jars of it were loaded onto a truck at Lineage Logistics in Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:36:19 GMT
Summer at Wild Adventures in Valdosta kicks off this weekend. The park has a lot planned for the celebration, including free admission for military and first responders. Starting this weekend WildMore >>
The park has a lot planned for the celebration, including free admission for military and first responders.
Governor Sonny Perdue is preparing information for President Obama, asking him to declare southwest Georgia a federal disaster area.
Evacuations continue in eight counties as damage estimates continue to pour in. In Colquitt County alone, 208 roads remain underwater.
GEMA inspectors are just beginning to make their way through those devastated areas to get a true picture of how much the clean up will cost.
The county has brought pumps in to move out some of the water that's been plaguing the Radial Subdivision neighborhood. It's so GEMA can begin to move into these neighborhoods and get a better picture of how many homes have damage.
Tuesday, Second District Congressman Sanford Bishop made his rounds through three counties trying to get an idea of just how bad all the damage is.
It's been five days since the Haywoods slept in their own bed. This is the fourth time their home along Old Georgia Three's been flooded, now they want a permanent fix.
"We've been flooded before and it keeps happening ove and over again and the problem is not being solved," Glorida Haywood said.
Congressman Bishop told Haywood that fix could come from stimulus money. He's touring the damage and making sure communities like Mitchell County don't miss an opportunity.
"This unfortunate weather occurences has allowed us, has uncovered some real needs, certainly drainage needs and infrastructure that would help us to have a more efficient distribution of water when we have weather like this," said Bishop.
Damage assessments have begun in many flood ravaged areas and Mitchell County tops the list of damaged homes with over a thousand. In Tifton 20 homes have been destroyed and in Coffee County five homes were lost. Commissioners say it reinforces the need for help.
"It eases some of the concerns, shows them we are working with someone we're not just here, we're working with the federal government with the state government and GEMA and FEMA are in the county today helping also," said Mitchell County Commissioner Benjamine Hayward.
Mitchell County's also on the list of five counties with more than 400 miles of roadways needing repairs. While Congressman Bishop says the numbers are devastating, they don't have to be.
"One of the big points of the stimulus package is to help communities all across America, certainly communities like southwest Georgia to increase its infrastructure to the capacity of meeting these types of needs so people don't get flooded."
Congressman Bishop plans to tour the Radium Spring area here in Dougherty County along with Grady and Decatur Counties. He's encouraging commissioners to make sure they attend stimulus meeting next Wednesday and Thursday to apply for money that could prevent future problems like this.
While GEMA has started individual damage assessments, public assessments for the counties will be conducted once all of the flood waters have receded.