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Damage still evident in Fitzgerald as the clean-up continues

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Monday marks a week since powerful straight line winds damaged dozens of homes and businesses in Ben Hill County.

The American Red Cross has been there assessing the damage and helping out with relief efforts for several days now.

On Sunday those relief efforts came to an end, but all is still not well for some folks who are still in recovery mode.

The damage from straight line winds in Fitzgerald last week is still evident.

"We've seen all kinds of damage, from trees in houses to lots of power outages," said Donna Diviney, American Red Cross.

The Red Cross has seen it all; they were here the night after the storm to provide food, shelter and clothing.

"We asked them if they had major damage and if their home is destroyed, if they have an emergency need for clothes," said Diviney.

This weekend the final paperwork was completed as their disaster relief efforts ended.

"We found that people here are very proud and have taken care of their own needs, this community has stepped up to take care of each other," said Diviney.

It's not only wind damage; Maggie Nixon showed us where water completely inundated her crawlspace.

"My problem is underneath in my basement, my heating my air cooling system my duct work is under there and it's destroyed from the flooding," said Maggie Nixon, Homeowner.

She had nearly three feet of water pumped out.

"No hot water, no air, no heat," said Nixon.

Because it's ground water and not a busted pipe insurance won't cover it.

"I was told it was ground water seeping in from underneath the house, because of the level of the reservoirs," said Nixon.

Finding the money and fixing the problems from the storm is something a lot of other homeowners can sympathize with.

The Red Cross assisted 57 families in Fitzgerald with food and emergency housing for the past week.

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