DOUGLAS, Ga. (WALB) - Several people across South Georgia are cleaning up the damage left behind by Saturday’s storms.
In Coffee County, many homes received damage from strong winds, and a tornado estimated at EF-2.
In Douglas/Coffee County, the State Route 206 Connector closed to through traffic from US 221/State Route 135 to US 441/State Route 31, because of water over Seventeen Mile River bridge.
The Red Cross has opened at Central Square Gymnasium at 200 S. Madison Avenue to assist anyone affected by the storm and tornado in Coffee County. Those needing assistance will need to complete an information form and provide ID and proof of residency. After completing the form, needs will be assessed by the Red Cross team. For more info, call Toya Rooks with the Red Cross at 470-571-9084.
Coffee County Schools are closed Monday, April 26 for students and staff. The tornado that passed through the community Saturday night, April 24, left heavy damage to local roads, power systems, and the homes of numerous students and staff, a notice from the school system said.
A few homes were severely damaged. One family had their roof blown off and also experienced water damage in the house. Some families were in shock when it all happened.
“My mom was in the bedroom and they could fill the house shaking and they knew it was bad. My dad had already had called me to tell me to get out of my mobile home while he was still in his. When they heard everything get real loud and shaking really bad, they knew that a lot was taken place outside. They didn’t come out till later to see some of the damage, but they did not know the maximum percent of the damage until it was daylight,” said Krystal Wood.
“This morning they had been cleaning up non-stop since they woke up. The community has been absolutely amazing, look at the people. You look around and there are people out here that nobody knows that’s just out here helping. So it’s just amazing,” Wood added.
Here is what the National Weather Service Damage Survey said about Coffee County.
Families also said that they are speaking with their insurance companies to figure out what’s next.