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Baker County -- Relief workers and government agencies continue to help families in need at three Disaster Recovery Centers in our area.

GEMA has headed up operations at the old East Baker County Elementary School site in Newton since Wednesday. FEMA and the Small Business Administration have joined in, allowing storm victims to apply for federal loans or grants.

So far 55 people have signed up for assistance here.

"We actually opened the DRC or Disaster Recovery Center at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon as the state DRC. Shortly after that time we were notified we had been Presidentially declared, and our federal partners came in right after that," said GEMA Field Coordinator Gary Rice.

GEMA says more than 40 homes in Baker County were damaged, and more than half of them were destroyed.

There are also Recovery Centers in Camilla and Americus where storm victims can also sign up for financial help, receive health care, and get food and other supplies.

A group of Forestry Commission beauty queens from Early County spent the week collecting boxes full of donations and delivered them to the Baker County recovery center Friday afternoon. They say it was well worth their time to help others.

"They have nothing right now. Their homes were hit and we were more fortunate because we weren't. So we should help them out and give them these items that we collected," said Beth Burkett.

The girls were able to raise more than $2,000 worth of supplies for the "Boxes for Baker County" project.

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