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March 2, 2007

Americus -- Governor Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in Sumter County, freeing up necessary resources to begin the cleanup. Two people are confirmed dead as the search for those injured in last nights storms continues. 

Ninety State Troopers arrived in the early hours of the morning to help patrol the county's highways and prevent looting.

The search effort has continued overnight inside the Americus city limits, so far search crews have been able to account for and clear downtown Americus, a major section north east of the city and southwest. Today they'll focus on getting to some parts of the county hard hit by last night's storm.

The Scene along East Church Street was a similar scene all across Americus and Sumter County. Rain fell in sheets, blowing sideways, trees and power lines were down on homes. The first order of business today, clear the debris.

Sheriff We've got heavy equipment coming from several counties as you've seen we've mobilized all our resources to try and combat everything.

All off duty law enforcement and Emergency responders were called in to help.

My Main focus is the injured and the people that are trapped in their homes, we're in the process of trying to clear roads and stuff.

At the First Baptist Church a shelter was set up to help the injured and those left homeless. The Red Cross is also dealing with their own damages.

Len, We Basically lost our Headquarters which is next to the fire department on 49, we lost our building, we lost our disaster trailers that were packed with all of our equipment we would normally be using for this.

And with two confirmed fatalities, Friday will be a busy day.

"We've just got a lot of stuff, we've got to get going, got to get coordinated and get moving."

More curfews will be announced for tonight and this weekend. GA Power crews are morning working to restore power to much of Americus which is also without telephone service.