Earlier today Mayor Benny Perry of Trion declared a disaster in the Town of Trion. That decleration was forwarded to Commissioner Jason Winters who sent the decleration to the Governor.
Once Governor Perdue’s office reviews the request it will be up to the governor to decide if Trion will be declared a state disaster. If so it would clear the way for Federal Money to come into the town of Trion to assist with the clean up after the flood.
AM 1180 spoke with State Representative Barbara Massey Reece who said that she had been in contact with the governor’s office regarding the flooding in Chattooga County. Reece said that the governor was in Savanah today but had been receiving updates from GEMA about the problems in Northwest Georgia.
Reece said that the governor probably would not declare a disaster until damage estimates come back to the governor’s office.
Gov. Sonny Perdue did issue an executive order this afternoon declaring a state of emergency in 17 counties affected by heavy rain, including Chattooga, Catoosa and Walker counties. This is not the same as a disaster decleration which would clear the way for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Perdue said state personnel and equipment are being deployed to assist effected communities.
AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio will keep you updated on the latest information.