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Right now, American Red Cross volunteers are at work in Oklahoma staffing shelters and serving meals and helping tornado survivors put their lives back together. We all know the Red Cross is there duringMore >>
We all know the Red Cross is there during big disasters like the tornado in Oklahoma. But the emergency to which they respond most is a house fire, and they desperately need volunteers to help.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:02:02 GMT
The Albany Police Depart is engaged in a recruitment campaign to get its officer corps up to full strength. APD is budgeted for 214 officers, and right now is about 20 officers short of that level, andMore >>
The Albany Police Depart is engaged in a recruitment campaign to get its officer corps up to full strength. APD offers the training program for people who do not already have POST certification. Starting salary for a rookie officer is over $33,000 annually.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:55 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:55:33 GMT
The city has settled a lawsuit over more than $2 million in unpaid federal loans owed by the owners of Albany Heights. City attorney Nathan Davis announced that the city had accepted a deed and $110,000More >>
The city has settled a lawsuit over more than $2 million in unpaid federal loans owed by the owners of Albany Heights.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:52:29 GMT
An Albany man is trying to get his stolen property returned, after it was taken from his Cumberland Lane home Tuesday, and his camera got a partial look at the culprits. He said that two people brokeMore >>
An Albany man is trying to get his stolen property returned, after it was taken from his Cumberland Lane home Tuesday, and his camera got a partial look at the culprits.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:44 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:44:53 GMT
Animal shelters and organizations across Georgia are getting a boost from grants totaling $125,000. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday.More >>
Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday that the Spay and Neuter grants will be split between 19 recipients as part of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program.More >>
Walton County, FL - (WALB) - Walton County emergency managers who have monitored the disaster from two Emergency Operation Centers say they can't respond to problems as well as they'd like because B-P is in charge of the cleanup.
They say several weeks ago when oil was washing ashore there, BP had 50 cleanup workers in the entire county. Now that there aren't severe problems, there are 1,700 workers without a whole lot to do.
"A lot of problems inherent with a private organization running the show," said Walton Co. Sheriff's Capt. Mike Barker. "And disaster, this is not their day job. This not what they do. This is what we do."
Walton County has spent a lot of money trying to protect the shore and rare dune lakes and flying recon missions. They asked BP for a $1.5 million reimbursement but haven't gotten a response.
Captain Barker says instead of using FEMA reimbursement guidelines that counties are familiar with, BP is making up its own and has already changed those guidelines six or eight times.
Those 1,700 contracted cleanup workers are ready to pounce if they get a report of big problems on a beach.
In the meantime around Grayton Beach, they're roaming the beaches looking for small problems. Annie Scoles is visiting Grayton Beach from Atlanta. She says those crews keep a constant presence on the beach, but it's not disrupting her vacation.
"They're everywhere. It's like they're just all over the place. One comes this way, and then the other comes that way. There's always people everywhere."
Those workers are finding scattered tiny tar balls, but no major problems this week in Walton County. Farther west in Pensacola, you'll find heavy equipment and more clean-up crews working all day and night to remove any sign of oil from the beaches.
We caught up with this clean-up crew close to Fort Pickens as they headed home for the day. They spent the day separating oil-contaminated trash from safe trash onto bulldozers and using these plastic covered shovels to scoop tar balls from the beach.
According to the city's website which is updated daily, minimal tarballs were reported on Pensacola Beach and beneath the surface one-half mile offshore, but beaches in the area are open and swimming is not prohibited.