Oxendine says early damage estimate is $25 million

Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 9:44 AM
Last updated 4:36 PM
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ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has declared a state of emergency in four Georgia counties following Wednesday's violent storms that spawned 11 tornadoes, killing one person and injuring 22 others.

Perdue issued an executive order Friday for Hancock, Jasper, Thomas and Warren counties. Those four were hit hardest by the storms, which Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner John Oxendine estimates caused at least $25 million in insured damage across the state.

One insurance company alone, State Farm, said Thursday it expects to see as many as 750 claims from homeowners and businesses and as many as 1,000 claims for damaged vehicles.

In the Hancock County town of Sparta, Johnny Frank Baker was killed when his home was destroyed by the storm.

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Achangeontheway 02/20/09 - 11:32 am
My thoughts and prayers go

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Baker family and to families who lifes will forever be change by this act of God. I pray that we all learn that all the things we call our treasures can be gone in the blink of and eye, yet God is so power he can restore it as if you never knew it was missing. Hickory Grove Bapt. Church was totally destroy by the strom, that was my family Church for long as I can remember. I just want Rev. Curry and the people of Hancock County to know that God is still in the restortation business and stand on your faith. God hasn't forsaken you and we may not understand now but God is a live and present for all to see. Just trust. Again my prayers are with all the families and surrounding areas and especially the Bakers. Keep your eyes on the vision, a people without vision will perish. God bless and keep all of you.

FedupwithAUG 02/21/09 - 12:22 am
We will all perish. No god is

We will all perish. No god is involved with that. It's just the way it is. Get over yourself.

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