Hurricane Michael’s impact can still be felt one week after it ripped through Florida’s coast and left devastation across the Southeast,
Several representatives met in Randolph County, GA Wednesday afternoon to talk about the next steps in the recovery process.
Large trees and debris can still be seen all across Cuthbert.
The power may be fully restored, but damage and aftermath still remain.
The agriculture industry took a major hit in the county as well.
“We had tremendous damage to our agriculture,” says Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop, representing the 2nd Congressional District, “Pecan losses, cotton losses, we don’t know what the peanut losses will be.”
Bishop says the lost product adds up to billions of dollars.
Cuthbert Mayor Steve Whatley, State Rep Gerald Greene, and a representative from GADOT were present in Cuthbert’s town center.
“We’ve come a long way in a short period of time, so we are very blessed to be where we are at, and we look forward to finishing the job,” says Whatley.
Randolph County is one of several that has applied for FEMA and GEMA. The funding will help rebuild the city and provide necessities for residents.
Financial relief is expected.
“Most of the counties that have been hit have received their designations for public assistance and many of them for individual assistance that will help the families, as well as help the communities with cleanup,” says Bishop.
The public funds help with debris cleanup. Individual funds help repair homes and replenish food.
DFACS is expected to help with food. Bishop says several families who receive food assistance may have used their allotments before Hurricane Michael, and the power outage may have caused food to spoil.
“If they were on food stamps, they’ll be giving vouchers out. The Governor is working on that, and they should be able to go out and start getting that,” says Greene.
Otherwise, Bishop says the families would have to wait until November 1st.
Bishop says a response to Randolph County’s request for designations is expected in 24-72 hours.
Whatley says volunteers are needed in Cuthbert. They are looking for volunteer electricians, tree removal specialists and folks who can perform home repairs are needed to assist with cleanup.
If your home was hit and you would like to apply for FEMA/GEMA funding, Greene says field representatives will be available in Albany, GA starting Thursday and will be making their way across the region. You can also learn how to apply online here.