Governor extends emergency to 15 counties

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended until Wednesday the state of emergency declaration for 15 counties, including several near Augusta, where severe storm damage requires ongoing response efforts.

According to a news release, the declaration includes: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Hancock, Jefferson, Johnson, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro and Washington counties.

Local emergency management officials in Richmond County have reported to GEMA at least 200 homes that have suffered storm-related structural damage, primarily caused by falling trees. The governor has requested that FEMA conduct individual assessments in this region, beginning in the hardest hit areas. Federal officials could begin inspections as early as next week.

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Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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