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September 16, 2002

Donalsonville- The Governor's state of emergency is providing state resources to clean up damage from this weekend's high winds and 14 inches of rain that had no place to go.

With Seminole, Decatur, and Miller Counties being designated as disaster areas, GEMA is in Donalsonville assessing the damage and opening up centers for people who have lost their homes to the flood.

"We are in the process of opening a flood disaster center, which will be a one-stop-shop situation where people can come, and talk with representatives of various agencies, and find out what services may be available," said Buzz Weiss, of GEMA.

"So regardless of whether a person has or has not got insurance, we encourage any body who's been affected by the flood to come to that disaster existence center, and we will work with them, and find out what sort of services, what sort of materials they may be eligible to apply for. Certainly we will do everything we can to provide than with assistance, given whatever the limitations there may be."

The Health Department has said that this is a health disaster area. "It's a health disaster in Seminole, and Miller County," said Weiss. "They are encouraging people who have wells to boil the water, and have it chlorinated, and the city water is fine, as far as we know at this time. But if anybody has any doubt, they should boil the water and take any necessary precautions. We also have a tanker in Donalsonville, and people who need water can get it, across from the fire station."

"Fortunately, there have not been any illness or injury because of the flooding. Tetanus shots will be available through the local Health Department free of charge, and they need to contact the Health Department. People whose home was flooded can visit the First Baptist Church, which will remain open this evening."

The disaster assistance center is located at Harvey's shopping center, at Highway 84 and Highway 91.

The American Red Cross will be doing street by street inspections, and will create a database that will rate the severity of the damage.


Updated at 5:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com