The local area managed to dodge a bullet Sunday. Although under a tornado watch for most of the day, the threat never materialized. The same, however, can’t be said for neighbors to the south. Areas such as Albany and Thomasville were severely impacted by the storms. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado half a mile wide with winds between 111 to 135 mph hit parts of Albany. It has been reported that 15 people lost their lives in the storms that blew through south Georgia over the weekend.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families hit by the storms in South Georgia. The City of Monroe is sending electric crews to help restore power to both Thomasville and Albany. We pray that everyone is kept safe and that our crews return home safely.
Walton EMC also sent crews to south Georgia to offer assistance. These responses are mutual agreements between electric supply authorities.
“We sent crews to Middle Georgia EMC based in Vienna and Grady EMC based in Cairo,” said Greg Brooks, communication and public relations director for Walton EMC. “The crew that went to Middle Georgia EMC is already back. The crew that went to Grady EMC has been sent to Mitchell EMC based in Camilla. They have so much damage that we may have people there two weeks. They will probably relieve this crew after a week and send fresh linemen.”
In addition First Baptist Monroe is collecting donations to help those affected by the storm. If you are able to help, you are asked to drop off donations at the church office at 202 McDaniel Street, Monroe. Dr. Todd Ware, associate pater at FBC Monroe sent out an email listing the items that will be collected through Sunday. These are diapers, wipes, underwear for all ages, socks, shoes, flip flops, feminine hygiene products and blankets. They ask that these items be new items.
Social Circle Fire Department also is accepting donations to help South Georgia. They ask that the following items be dropped off before Friday, Jan. 27 – bottled water, food (canned and boxed items), toiletries, baby items (formula, bottles, diapers), batteries, flashlights, blankets, jackets, caps, inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags, clothes for all ages (new or like new condition).