Governor Deal submits request to Obama for disaster relief

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday submitted a request to President Obama for federal disaster relief for 48 Georgia counties impacted by the recent winter storm.

The counties, which include all Georgia counties in the Augusta metro area, together have combined damage estimates exceeding $48 million, more than three times the state’s threshold for seeking federal assistance.

“The storm brought destructive levels of ice that far exceeded anything we’ve seen in decades, and state and local agencies had to mobilize significant resources to protect lives and property and get Georgia back to normal as quickly as possible,” Deal said in a statement.

Deal has designated GEMA Director Charley English as the State Coordinating Officer for this request. English will work with FEMA to assess any further damages and provide additional justification if need be.

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