Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:17:14 GMT
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 >>
May 17, 2005
Donalsonville- Two tornadoes earlier this year are leading to a storm warning system in Seminole County. They displaced dozens of people and caused millions of dollars worth of damage.
Drilling and hammering are the sounds of lives like Billy Reynolds' being reconstructed after tornadoes tore them apart just two months ago. "It has been rough. But we're making it, we're making it," he says.
One other person didn't make it in Seminole, and eight others were hurt. But Reynolds' is still a life turned upside down, and a home turned inside out. "My house was totally damaged. They totaled the whole house out," he says.
The end figure is $60,000 in damage to a home that no amount can replace. But the story is similar for 24 other homeowners in Seminole, homeowners EMA officials say are on their own now. "The Red Cross has left the area, GEMA, of course, has left the area. So now, people are on their own working with insurance companies to get everything back in order," says Lt.... Jeffery Grice.
The damage is so severe, the EMA is still waiting for a final figure. Officials can only say it's definitely in the millions. "GEMA hasn't gotten back with us yet, or the insurance companies," says Grice.
One totaled home is right on the edge of the Seminole County / Miller County line, simple proof that tornadoes don't respect boundaries. Along with Seminole, Miller County took a large hit from the tornadoes as well.
"We had close to 140 homes that received damage, anywhere from minor up to completely destroyed," says Miller EMA director, Billy Rathel. Minor or leveled, one thing is certain, the destruction all equals expensive. "We have an approximate cost of 10 to 12 million dollars worth of damage," says Rathel.
Ten people were hurt in Miller, something that hits close to home for Reynolds, one county over. "I made it out. That's the only thing that's important. You know, we can put the house back," he says. His is a house that, like many others in Seminole, is still about 3 months from completion.
The one person killed in the tornadoes was Reynolds neighbor, Mary Burrington.