Irma damage

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Athens-Clarke residents are being asked to conduct preliminary damage assessments of government, nonprofit, and private properties in community affected by Tropical Storm Irma. The information will be used to provide information to both GEMA and FEMA to estimate and document the impact and magnitude of the storm. The information will be used to request federal relief, if granted, the assistance will be available to the community and individuals.

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Federal officials are warning of possible fuel shortages in the Southeast because of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Last week, the Homeland Security Department issued a week-long waiver on federal restrictions of foreign vessels so they could help distribute fuel. Officials noted this action should help, but urged patience.

Evacuees Ready to Leave Athens and Head Back to Coast

Sep 12, 2017
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After one of the largest storm evacuations in history, Floridians are heading back home. Florida Governor Rick Scott urged more than 6.5 million residents, or one out of four of his constituents, to flee Hurricane Irma. He is now urging those residents not to rush back home. There are concerns across the southeast of jammed roads, uncertain supplies of gasoline, empty grocery store shelves, standing water, and widespread power outages that could last for weeks. The evacuation also placed a financial strain on many evacuees.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

A list of road closures due to fallen trees and downed power lines is available on the ACC government website. It will be updated as roads open. Authorities ask that you avoid the area if you see any downed lines, yellow caution tape, or barricades.  To see that list in it's entirety:

Damage Assessments in North Georgia after Irma

Sep 12, 2017
Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Authorities are assessing the damage in the wake of Irma in Georgia. The storm is being blamed for least three deaths in the state, flooding the coast, sending trees crashing onto homes and forcing the world's busiest airport in Atlanta to cancel hundreds of flights. Some 540,000 people were ordered to evacuate days earlier from Savannah and the rest of Georgia's coast.